Creamy Basil Tortellini – Hot Lunch Recipe

Tortellini in a creamy basil sauce. A quick hot lunch recipe idea for kids to take to school or nursery.

Creamy basil tortellini served in a food flask with grated cheese on top.

The third in my series of Hot Lunch Ideas for Kids is this Creamy Basil Tortellini. It’s so quick to whip up in less than 10 minutes and perfect for a warm and filling lunch at school or nursery.

The first step as always is to preheat a food flask with boiling water. Add the lid and leave for 15 minutes before emptying out.

Hot food flask being prepared with boiling water from a kettle.

Next you will need a packet of filled tortellini and some frozen peas.

Either the fresh or store cupboard tortellini will work just fine.

Tortellini in its original packaging, with a small pot of frozen peas beside.

Cook these in boiling water for 5 minutes, or 4 minutes if you are using the fresh tortellini, before draining and then adding back into the saucepan.

Tortellini and peas are added to a pan of water.

To make the sauce you will need some cream cheese, parmesan, basil and milk.

I’ve used garlic and herb cream cheese in this recipe but plain cream cheese will be fine too.

Cream cheese, grated parmesan, Basil and milk all laid out in small bowls

Add those ingredients to a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth.

The sauce may seem a little runny in consistency to normal pasta sauces but don’t worry, it will thicken up when mixed with the tortellini.

ingredients added to a food processor

Pour it into the saucepan, mix well and cook for 1 minute to heat it up.

sauce being poured over the cooked tortellini and peas.

Add the tortellini to the preheated food flask and secure the lid immediately to keep it warm.

If you liked this recipe you may also enjoy my Creamy Chicken Noodles


Creamy Basil Tortellini – Hot Lunch Recipe


Tortellini in a creamy basil sauce. A quick hot lunch recipe idea for kids to take to school or nursery.


  • 250g tortellini
  • 100g frozen peas
  • large handful (approx 5g) fresh basil
  • 165g cream cheese
  • 20g grated parmesan
  • 100ml milk


  1. Preheat the food flask by filling it with hot water, adding the lid and leaving for 15 minutes. When done, pour out the water.
  2. Add the tortellini and frozen peas to a large saucepan of boiling water and simmer on the hob for 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime make the sauce by adding the basil, cream cheese, grated parmesan and milk to a food processor or blender. Blitz until smooth.
  4. Drain the tortellini and peas and add them back into the saucepan.
  5. Pour in the sauce and cook gently for 1 minute until the sauce is piping hot.
  6. Transfer to the food flask and add the lid immediately to keep the food warm.

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