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April 2, 2024

Pink Sauce Tortiglioni

Pink Sauce Tortiglioni combines DeLallo’s perfectly al dente tortiglioni pasta with a rich and creamy sauce using DeLallo Whole Peeled Tomatoes. Add fresh basil and parmesan sprinkles for the win.


pink sauce Tortiglioni in a bowl with a fork, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese and fresh chopped basil

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Tortiglioni, Fun To Pronounce And Fun To Eat

Since The Modern Proper is our cooking family, we appreciate family-run food companies. DeLallo Foods has been manufacturing, importing and distributing authentic, innovative and high-quality Italian and Mediterranean products for three generations. We share their passion for the best foods of Italy, including this tortiglioni pasta recipe. We make this pink sauce tortiglioni when we’re looking for a light and bright creamy pasta meal. Add some veggies like our Kale Salad and Broccolini, and bake up Garlic Bread and Chicken Parmesan to make this a feast of feasts!

ingredients to make pink sauce parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, basil, butter, heavy cream and tortiglioni pasta

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Pink Sauce Tortiglioni

  • DeLallo Tortiglioni Pasta – What is tortiglioni pasta? Tortiglioni is a shape of pasta that comes from Naples, Italy. It is a twisted tube shape with ridges that spiral the pasta and grab all of the delicious pink sauce in this recipe. All of DeLallo’s pasta is made in Italy with an exclusive blend of the highest quality durum wheat that cooks to the perfect al dente texture every time.

  • DeLallo Whole Peeled Tomatoes – These top-quality Italian tomatoes are picked at the peak of perfection and packed fresh within 24 hours of harvest, so you know this sauce is going to be bursting with a rich tomato flavor.

  • Heavy cream and Parmesan cheese – A surefire way to success. We love any recipe that calls for pasta’s best friends heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. It’s the secret to great pasta sauces like our Bow Tie Pasta Recipe and Easy Vodka Sauce, but also recipes like Potatoes Au Gratin.

  • Fresh basil – Is it an Italian recipe without fresh basil?

olive oil, onions, garlic, basil, oregano and bouillon in a pan
olive oil, onions, garlic, basil, oregano and bouillon stored together, simmering in a pan
cooked olive oil, onions, garlic, basil, oregano and bouillon added to a blender
cooked olive oil, onions, garlic, basil, oregano and bouillon blended together in a blender

How to Cook Tortiglioni Pasta With Pink Sauce

  • Soften onions and garlic. This is the part where everyone in your house comes into the kitchen and says, “Smells good.”

  • Use your hands! We love the hands-on element of crushing DeLallo’s Whole Peeled Tomatoes before adding them to the pot with salt, fresh basil, oregano and boullion.

  • Cook the tortiglioni. Cook until al dente according to the package instructions, and check out our tips for How To Salt Water, because you’ll be reserving 1 to 2 cups of the pasta cooking water before draining.

  • Blend the sauce. Using an immersion blender or high speed blender, blend the sauce until smooth. Stir in the cream, parmesan, remaining basil, and 1 cup of the reserved pasta water and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce comes together.

  • Add the pasta. DeLallo’s tortiglioni is a sturdy short cut with hollows perfect for scooping up this hearty pink sauce. Stir the pasta into the sauce, making sure each noodle is coated in sauce.

  • Serve! Sprinkle with Parmesan and fresh basil, of course.

cream, parmesan and basil being added to a pan with blended pasta sauce
pink pasta sauce being stirred in a pan with a wooden spoon
cooked tortiglioni pasta noodles being stirred in a pan with pink pasta sauce
pink sauce tortiglioni pasta in a pan made with tomatoes, spices, cream, parmesan and basil

Recipe Notes

  • Can I substitute milk for heavy cream? In a perfect world, pink sauce is best when made with a luxurious pour of heavy cream. But sometimes our fridge only has milk! We don’t recommend using anything less than whole milk, and if using whole milk reduce the amount of cream called for to ½ cup.

  • What other pastas can I use? In the tortiglioni vs rigatoni debate, we think either would be great in this recipe. Rigatoni is a standard pasta shape stocked at most grocery stores, and will hold up in this creamy pink sauce.

  • Can I use vegetable bouillon instead of chicken? Of course! The bouillon is here to add a depth of umami, and vegetable bouillon will have a comparable effect to chicken bouillon.

  • What proteins can be added? We think that crumbled or sliced sausage would be great in this tortiglioni al sugo. Simple sliced grilled chicken would also add nicely.

  • Make it spicy! Add DeLallo’s Crushed Calabrian Chilis for a compact burst of heat.

a bowl of pink sauce Tortiglioni pasta topped with parmesan and fresh basil with a fork in it

Where Can I Buy Tortiglioni Pasta For My Home Italian Pantry?

This Pink Sauce Tortiglioni is immediately elevated by DeLallo’s high quality pasta and Whole Peeled Tomatoes. You can get DeLallo’s complete range of authentic, innovative and high-quality Italian food products from their easy-to-shop web store.

a pot of homemade pink sauce Tortiglioni pasta topped with parmesan and fresh basil

Pasta Of All Shapes And Sizes

Pasta is great for dinner, and usually offers nice returns in the leftovers department. Here’s a few more of our favorite noodle-centric recipes:

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Pink Sauce Tortiglioni

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  45 min
  • Calories: 740


  • 1 pound DeLallo Tortiglioni Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) DeLallo Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is glistening, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  2. Add the tomatoes using your hands to crush them before adding to the pot, along with the butter, salt, ½ of the basil, oregano and boullion. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to the package instructions. Reserve 1 to 2 cups of the pasta cooking water, then drain.

  4. Use an immersion blender to blend the sauce directly in the pot until smooth. (Alternatively, transfer the sauce to the base of a blender, let cool briefly, and blend until smooth. Then pour the sauce back into the pot.) Return the pot over low heat. Stir in the cream, parmesan, remaining basil, and 1 cup of the reserved pasta water and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce comes together.

  5. Stir pasta into sauce until coated, adding splashes of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed.

  6. Divide the pasta between bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan and fresh basil before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories740
  • Protein21 g
  • Carbohydrates90 g
  • Total Fat33 g
  • Dietary Fiber7 g
  • Cholesterol90 mg
  • sodium980 mg
  • Total Sugars9 g

Pink Sauce Tortiglioni

Questions & Reviews

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  • Cindy

    What if I don’t have a blender? Can I use another type of tomato’s?

    Any brand of whole peeled tomatoes will work fine.

  • Kathy

    This recipe is a keeper. It is in our regular rotation. Easy and always a hit.

    YAY, great to hear. Thanks Kathy, so happy you love it!

  • Maddie

    NEW FAVORITE PASTA RECIPE!!! My husband and I added sliced Italian sausage and only added 1/2 a cup of the pasta water for a thicker sauce. Other than that, we followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing. We will be adding this to our recipe rotation for sure.

    YAY! Thanks Maddie, we are so happy you both enjoyed it!

  • Kate

    Great recipe! The effort to result ratio was great--was able to make the sauce in the time it took the water to boil and pasta to cook, and the flavor was lovely and rich. Even my very picky 4 and 2 year old ate some. Certainly will bookmark this in the future.

    Hooray! We love to hear when the whole family can eat the same meal at that age! Glad you all enjoyed it Kate!