When you want a quick meal, this tortellini with a butter, garlic, onion and broccoli sauce is my to-to dish, especially when I have leftover broccoli. Why leftover? The sauce is made from cooking garlic and onions in butter and tossing in cooked broccoli and cooking that down until it breaks up. Using a potato masher, pulverize the broccoli until it blends with the butter for a garlicky sauce. The first time I had this sauce it was over gnocchi but now I put it on anything. I could eat just the sauce, to be honest. Okay, it doesn’t photograph beautifully and I apologize for that. It’s still worth keeping some in the kitchen so you can eat it while you’re doing the dishes.
I woke up early this morning and watched the sunrise, knowing it was going to be a good day. The dog hadn’t pooped under the dining room table, the cat didn’t sleep on my black shirt and I figured that was a win just for waking up. I decided we needed an excursion to Costco to get the turkey. Oh, ye who prepare ahead, I bow before thee. We had a lovely 45 minute drive down to North Lakes and once inside Costco I touched everything. I could have been in a Costco anywhere in the states. Nobody but me had an American accent, however.
Let’s cut to the chase. Costco had NO turkeys. No fresh ones, no frozen one. Not even bits of a turkey. So I bought a ham for Christmas lunch and a bunch of other things I really didn’t need and came home. I bought my turkey at the supermarket because my regular butcher didn’t have any either. “Maureen, you usually pre-order, what happened this year?” I just rolled my eyes, said thanks and left. Next year I’ll pre-order. I’ll write it on the white board.
I believe I’m standing in the way of your future love affair with this broccoli sauce.
- 1 package fresh tortellini (from the supermarket or make your own)
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup leftover cooked broccoli
- salt and pepper to taste (start with ¼ teaspoon of salt and ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper)
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (with extra for garnish)
- Cook tortellini according to package - do not overcook.
- If the broccoli is still crunchy, steam it for a few minutes until it's soft.
- In a skilled on medium heat, add the butter. When it's nearly all melted, add the onion and the garlic and stir until the onion is cooked but not browned. Turn the heat down if it looks like it's browning.
- When the onion is soft, add the broccoli and stir to combine. Cook until the broccoli begins to break down and then using a potato masher, finish the job.
- Add salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese and toss in the cooked tortellini.
- Serve with grated Parmesan on top.
Amanda (@lambsearshoney) says
You had me a “butter”, Maureen. Anything cooked in butter is great – and broccoli is good for us, right?
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
Maureen this is so creative! I adore broccoli anyway – this makes me drool! So funny about the win-win. A good day indeed 🙂 Gotta love our pets. Happy Thanksgiving to you down under!~
Kitchen Belleicious says
this sounds absolutely fantastic. I mean divine. I love butter and garlic and onions with anything let alone pasta:) yum
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
I love easy pasta meals like this, especially dishes with a garlicky buttery sauce!
I rarely have leftover broccoli but this pesto-like sauce sounds like a great way to dress pasta.
I try to avoid going to Costco as I have a habit of spending too much money when I go there though last time I restrained myself admirably. I stopped in to pick up my blood pressure medication and came out with a year’s supply of vitamins in a giant bottle and toothpaste. Luckily I avoided 99% of the store … what I picked up was passed on a straight line from the front entrance to the pharmacy. I DID pass the electronics and candy so that’s pretty surprising. I shudder to think what I would have come out with if my route had been any longer.
Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine says
Don’t feel bad. I’m going today to get my turkey so you’re ahead of me! Your sauce sounds so interesting, not like anything I’ve ever had, a brilliant idea! Have a wonderful thanksgiving Maureen!
Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish says
Maureen, this is the perfect dish for the day before Thanksgiving. It’s nice and quick, which is so helpful when you are preparing a big feast the next day. And it look delicious!
Glamorous Glutton says
I love splurging in Costco, however Mr Glam is less keen on the results. Great pasta dish, full of fabulous flavour. GG
Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) says
Mmmm – I do love dishes like this Maureen.
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
No turkeys? How frustrating…
This is my kind of pasta sauce. Love how easy it is to make too.
No turkeys at Costco but there are plenty of turkeys at the supermarket.
Hotly Spiced says
This sauce does sound great – nothing better than garlic and butter! I do love how you say you can buy the tortellini or make your own – I have made tortellini but only once and even though it was the best ever, once was enough. I’m sorry to hear of your turkey woes. I hope you can find one. There are plenty in the shops here in Sydney! xx
I got a turkey at the supermarket. he’s thawing in the fridge as we speak. I just wanted one from Costco to see what they’re like. I love their hams.
Hi Maureen, broccoli is one of my favorite veggies, what a perfect dish!
Seems too easy for such deliciousness. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂
This looks so very similiar to a dish my father used to make. He loved his pasta and would use leftover broccolli, cooked till it was so very soft, and create a sauce that looked like this. I have no idea what he put in it, most likely no butter but olive oil, but I think following yours will get me pretty close!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Love the recipe, Maureen, I can almost smell it from here… how odd that Costco didn’t have turkey for you! And annoying!!! We went yesterday to grab a few cleaning things… I saw the biggest freaking marshmallows ever!
Mary Frances says
Oh Maureen, I’m sorry to hear about your turkey woes. But if it’s any consolation this broccoli sauce looks absolutely divine, love affair is RIGHT!
oh aren’t you clever!! I always have leftover broccoli, my husband never eats it but I always make enough for him as if maybe he will decide to try it someday 🙂
John@Kitchen Riffs says
I always buy a bunch of stuff I don’t need when I go to Costco. So I try to limit my trips. As if that works! 😉 Anyway, really like this sauce! I can totally taste it — broccoli and garlic pair so well as it is, and I like the way the broccoli breaks down as it cooks in this dish. Really good — thanks.
Eva Taylor says
I do a very similar sauce using cauliflower, you’d swear it was fettuccini sauce, it’s that good! I am going to try your broccoli version, there ain’t nothing wrong with having more than one sauce in your repertoire. We used ours as the base for our white pizza, OMG it was good!
Lell Trogdon says
Yum! I’m with you, I would eat all of that right out of the pan and with out any pasta. I love imagining how big your white board must be and how many details must reside there. Happy Thanksgiving!
nancy @ Plus Ate Six says
How strange there was no turkey to be had in Costco. At least you’re ahead for Christmas with your ham though.
Love recipes like this – I just know how tasty it will be already – although I’ll need more than 2 tbsp of parmesan for garnish as I tend to load up on the stuff!
Apparently Costco turkeys arrive in Australian stores after December 1st. Go figure.
Oh how I love this idea!! Pulverizing the broccoli – very clever! And I’m always looking for healthy, quick and easy pasta dishes. Thanks Maureen!
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day Your dish looks delish Maureen! One I would love to indulge in right now!
Gloria Roa Baker says
Love this tecipe Maureen!
Have a nice Thanksgiving!
Mmmm.. sounds awesome.. my daughters love broccoli and pasta, this dish would be exactly as they like it.
Helen | Grab Your Fork says
Now I need to organise leftover broccoli just so I can make this! Sounds delish!
Love this! My son and daughter would lick their plate clean and never be the wiser about the broccoli in the sauce. 🙂 Have a wonderful, safe and extra delicious Thanksgiving friend!!! 🙂
My homemade sauces are usually the same few just on rotation lol…..this sounds amazing!! Definitely need to add this to my pasta repertoire!
Tania @My Kitchen Stories says
One of my favourite pasta additions is always broccoli. We have learned to add it to everything as it one of the few vegies that Skater will eat without complaining. It looks delicious and buttery.
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
Broccoli sauce I am intrigued! That’s no good that you had such a hunt for a turkey but I’m glad you found one in the end. Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow!
This could be my go to dish too coz I eat a head of broccoli a day. I almost always have broccoli in my fridge and there will be no leftovers.
We have leftover broccoli in the fridge nearly once a week so this will be added to my list of quick, weeknight recipes to try! Glad you finally found a turkey…hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving!!!
Choc Chip Uru says
Your broccoli sauce looks full of flavour! I wouldn’t mind trying this tortellini for sure! 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Maureen, I was out looking for a turkey yesterday too. I did find one. The fellow said, let me look and see if I can find one in the back and came out with the turkey to save the holiday. Happy ending.
This certainly looks good. I would enjoy it off the spoon too.
Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. xo Catherine
I woke up this morning not knowing what I wanted to eat for my birthday. Now, thanks to your luscious pasta post, I know. 🙂 I’m heading for the best Italian restaurant I can find. 🙂 XO We just got four turkeys of our own to raise so I never need to worry about finding a turkey for Canadian and American Thanksgivings. 🙂 So excited about that. 🙂
InTolerant Chef says
I’m sure the healthy broccoli cancels out the naughty butter, doesn’t it Maureen? As long as nothing cancels out the yumminess of this great sauce! X
Chelsea Berry says
All of my favourite things in one dish 🙂 Yum!!!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
I’m one of those people that absolutely loves broccoli (I can’t believe some people don’t like it). And I was thinking about you this morning because of Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving!! 😀
Thank you my lovely friend. Maybe next year you two can come up here for Thanksgiving? Think about it and pencil me in. 🙂
Lucy @ Bake Play Smile says
Oh wow! I really, really want to make this!!! How absolutely delicious. Tortellini is one of my favourite pastas!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
I love tortellini, what a quick and delicious pasta!!
Anna @ shenANNAgans says
Scrap that the egg & cheese bread bowl for dinner. I am making this instead. It looks crazy delicious. Tortellini is the business, the best kinda pasta I think. 🙂
Emma @ Bake Then Eat says
This broccoli sauce sounds lovely a great go to dinner!
Kate @ Babaganosh.org says
What a brilliant idea for using leftover broccoli! I can totally see how you could just eat the sauce – it’s almost like a creamy broccoli soup.