Baked Tortelloni with Quad Tomato Truffle Sauce

I really love tomatoes. Love. So much so that in the summer, I’ll often eat them like apples with just a sprinkling of salt. But that’s in the summer. In March, the tomatoes aren’t nearly as delicious.

Luckily, there are tons of other tomato-y products that are pretty tasty year-round, like sundried tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato juice. I happened to have all of these things in my pantry, so I decided to create a sauce by combining them with a few ripe tomatoes, some basil, garlic and truffle salt. Yes. Truffle salt. If you don’t have any in your kitchen, you should. It’s an easy way to make any dish –especially pasta — that much more special.

I’m actually really impressed by how fresh the sauce tasted, and it doesn’t get much easier than putting everything in the blender. You could easily just toss the sauce with pasta and call it a day, but I much prefer my pasta baked and cheesy. Mmm…cheese…

Baked Tortelloni with Quad Tomato Truffle Sauce (serves 2)

What you need:

  • 9 oz package of fresh tortelloni
  • 2 tomatoes from the vine, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5 oil-packed sundried tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons tomato juice
  • 3 large basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon truffle salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

How you do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook tortelloni in salted boiling water for a minute or two less than the package instructions. Drain, put in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, put tomatoes, tomato paste, sundried tomatoes, tomato juice, basil, garlic, truffle salt and pepper (to taste) in a blender and whirl until well combined.
  4. Add sauce to the cooked tortelloni and gently toss to combine. Add mixture to a small baking dish, top with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes and broil for a minute or two or until the top becomes slightly brown.
  5. Serve topped with additional Parmesan cheese, basil and freshly cracked pepper.

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22 thoughts on “Baked Tortelloni with Quad Tomato Truffle Sauce

  1. Looks fabulous! I’m the same way with tomatoes and can’t wait until the summer farmers market. My mom grew her own and we had fresh tomatoes growing up. Buying them in the store now just isn’t the same!

  2. Ok so we’ve been bugging your husband to bring leftovers with no results thus far, so I’m escalating this request right to the top! I mean really…all I’ve gotten so far is part of a brownie! How fair is that I ask you!?!?!?

  3. I am with you on the tomatoes..I just put them on the plate with bit of salt and that would my snack!
    Love this dish..sound so easy but delicious and pretty at the same time! Wonderful post!!

  4. I don’t love tomatoes (actually I can’t eat them unless they are cooked into something). That being said, I love tomatoes in things. This baked tortelloni looks beautiful. And I want to thank you for showing your ingredients because I never knew tomato juice could come in the small cans. That would be a great addition to my pantry.

  5. OMG. It’s like a really bad idea to look at your food blog when I’m like hungry and stuff. :-p Even more so when my kitchen is practically bare of any ingredients since we’re leaving for Cabo on Saturday! Ha! I make it sound like I’m in such dire circumstances. :-p Oh well. But yes, anything baked with cheese it awesome. I’m still hungry.

  6. I’m very different when it comes to my feelings towards tomatoes… I don’t like the “chunky” texture in things. But love me some non-chunky marinara sauce…. yessss….

    The pasta bake looks lovely! 🙂

  7. What a pretty dish, I was trying to read the brand of truffle salt , what is the brand you used? Or do you have another favorite kind? So look forward to trying this recipe! Maggie

  8. I don’t know how I missed this post when it came out, but this looks unreal! Perfect for a chicago day like this, when despite the fact the calendar says the end of April the weather has reverted to November.

    Yum!

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  10. If you want the full affect of the truffles, wait until serving and add the salt and a dash of truffle oil.

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