Essence of October with Pumpkin Tortellini

A lovely pumpkin-themed dinner party is a fun way to entertain, with each dish containing a pumpkin flavor, such as this Pumpkin Tortellini recipe.

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How’s your week going, Friends? Are you enjoying this gorgeous season like I am?

Later this week I’ll be sharing some fun ideas for entertaining along with delicious recipes, so get ready … you may just get in the mood to plan your own Pumpkin Party!

My sweet friend Carrie, who lives in Portland,  took these photos of our backyard two years ago, and I love the pumpkin theme.

Pumpkin Tortellini | Reluctant

Pumpkin Tortellini.

I recently created a new side dish of Pumpkin Tortellini, using DeLallo’s three cheese tortellini of Italian egg pasta filled with Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano and Edam cheeses, so tender and full of flavor.

Pumpkin Tortellini | Reluctant

Mix and swirl.

I mixed together pumpkin butter with the Greek yogurt—perfect flavors! If you don’t have pumpkin butter (I buy it at either Harry & David or Trader Joe’s) you can use my pumpkin combination in the recipe and make your own! So easy, and topped off with fresh thyme from our garden.

Pumpkin Tortellini | Reluctant

Don’t have any pumpkin butter? How about making your own?

How to make quick, easy pumpkin butter:

For this recipe mix  3 Tbsp. of pumpkin, 2 tsp. of brown sugar, 1 tsp. melted butter, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg.

Pumpkin Tortellini | Reluctant

Side dish or main dish.

This recipe is the essence of a perfect pairing with salmon, a salad, and pasta. Not too saucy, which I love. (That is salmon that my dad caught. Isn’t it gorgeous?)

It can also stand alone as a main dish!

Pumpkin Tortellini | Reluctant

Oh, and the sweet honey pear on the plate? I have an amazing appetizer recipe that is coming your way very soon! Stay tuned!

Do you have any October parties on the horizon, and if so, please share the details?

Pumpkin Tortellini | Reluctant

Pumpkin Tortellini

If you do not have pumpkin butter, use the following: 3 Tbsp. of pumpkin, 2 tsp. of brown sugar, 1 tsp. melted butter, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4


  • 8.8 oz. DeLallo Tortellini three cheese
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 T. pumpkin butter
  • 2 T. butter
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


  • Cook the tortellini according to the package instructions. Once the tortellini float to the top, drain and rinse, until cool.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, pumpkin butter, and chopped fresh thyme.
  • In a medium-sized frying pan, on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the tortellini, gently heating through; sprinkle the salt and pepper.
  • Add the pumpkin sauce and gently mix and cook another 1-2 minutes until heated through. Lightly sprinkle with fresh thyme; serve.

Pumpkin Tortellini for fall time entertaining!

11 comments on “Essence of October with Pumpkin Tortellini”

  1. This pairing looks delicious! I’m definitely going to try both the salad topper and the pumpkin tortilini. Can you tell about the salmon recipe? It looks so yummy! Thanks

  2. Love all things pumpkin and this tortellini recipe sounds easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I love everything about this!

  4. Pumpkin tortellini & salmon…how delicious! Also, I love the pumpkin themed backyard decor. Happy Tuesday, Sandy :)

  5. This looks like such a great mix of savory with a hint of sweet! And it’s PUMPKIN!! Thanks for showing this easy fall recipe!

  6. This pumpkin tortellini would definitely hit the spot. Easy but so satisfying.

  7. Not sure what I love more…the idea of having a pumpkin themed party, the pics of your backyard or this PASTA!! YUM!!

  8. Goodness – that looks soo incredibly quick, easy & delicious. I’m making a room temperature tortellini salad for a retirement party this week for about 75 people!

  9. Love this recipe! For entertaining, I’m glad you showed it paired with a main dish. Not all guests will like tortellini. But many of them will LOVE it! Still, it’s nice to have it paired with another main course for an alternative.

  10. This is a dish to die for! Just beautiful :)

  11. YUM! Looks October entertaining plans for us…at least not at the moment.

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