Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Goat cheese sundried tomato tortellini with marinara

The pasta goodness continues today with a goat cheese tortellini.  Tortellini is actually just as easy to make/shape as ravioli.  These may look funny because our instructor couldn't found a round cookie cutter, but you get the idea.

Quick stovetop marinara (recipe credit to Ani Loizzo/Whole Foods)


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 whtie or yellow onion, grated
4 garlic cloves, minced
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 sprigs fresh oregano
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
6 basil leaves, chopped fine


Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, saute 5 minutes or until golden. Add garlic, saute 30 seconds more. Add tomatoes and half of the juice from the tomato can. Add wine and herbs and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove herb sprigs. For a smooth sauce, use an immersion style blender to blend until smooth. Taste, season with salt and pepper as needed. Makes about 4 cups. May be frozen for up to 3 months.

Goat cheese and sun dried tomato tortellini


10 ounce jar oil packed sundried tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup parsley leaves
1 beaten egg
1 recipe's worth pasta dough


In a food processor, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, goat cheese, garlic and parsley and pulse until well-combined.  Roll your dough and punch out four inch rounds with a cookie cutter or the top of a glass.  Place 1/2 a teaspoon of the filling in the middle of each round.  Brush egg on half of the edge.  Fold in half and crimp shut with a fork.  Fold half-circle around your index finger and pinch ends together.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook tortellini until they float.  Toss with sauce.  Serves 4 as a main course,  8-10 as an appetizer course.


  1. Omg, those look amazing!


  2. Oh wow....I could get on board for this pasta class!! So delicious looking!!!

  3. Yum...I can't wait to make my own homemade pasta!!!


  4. This was so good and SO easy. The possibilities for fillings are endless!

  5. Goat cheese always makes me happy!!! Love this.

  6. So generous of you to pass on the recipes you've learned!