Creamy Basil Tortellini – Hot Lunch Recipe

  • Author: Ciara Attwell
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Lunchbox


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.