Want to cook something with fresh tortellini? Learn how to cook refrigerated tortellini from Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods, or any grocery store. Learn the basics to cook tortellini for pasta dishes and pasta salads. You can even use frozen or dried tortellini with this guide. Let’s get to making some perfectly al dente tortellini.
Add a large pot of water to a burner on the stove. Set the temperature of the burner on high heat. Medium-high is alright, too. But don’t set it to medium, it will take too long to boil and won’t stay hot enough to cook the Trader Joe’s tortellini to the time specified. Add a pinch of salt to the water and bring it to a boil.
Cook Trader Joe’s cheese tortellini for the LOWEST number of minutes directed, letting it boil to the lowest number indicated. So if the packaging says 4-6 minutes, let it cook for 4 minutes, then use a spoon to take out one piece of tortellini. Transfer the one tortellini to a cutting board and cut it with the side of a fork. It will easily cut if it’s done. It will be very hot, but you take a bite to make sure it is fully cooked. You want it cooked to al dente. If it’s not cooked, let the tortellini pasta boil on the stove for another minute, then check again. When the pasta is cooked to your liking, strain the pasta from the water.
Don’t rinse Trader Joe’s tortellini. Immediately add butter, pesto, or tomato sauce. If you’re using Trader Joe’s tortellini for pasta salad, immediately toss the cooked pasta with olive oil to prevent it from sticking. Set aside.
Note - if cooking Trader Joe’s cheese tortellini frozen, add on 1-2 minutes.
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