Tortellini alla Rosa Recipe

Tortellini alla Rosa is named after the Italian word for pink, because of the sauce’s blending of tomato and cream. And it pairs well with Rosato (“pink-colored”) wine. It does NOT pair well with one of the most overplayed songs of the ’90s—”Pink” by Aerosmith. That song doesn’t particularly pair well with anything except what will probably be the theme song of Barbie 2: Ken’s Revenge. We’ve never seen the movie but apparently some people thought it was secretly about a bunch of “pinkos”—an old-school pejorative for commies, pink being a lighter shade of the traditional commie red. Most people that use the word “communism” don’t know what it means. Most people who name their kid Rosa probably aren’t calling her “Pink”. If you’re Italian you say “RRRRROH-zah”. If you’re Spanish you say “RRRRROH-sah”. There is so much to argue about in this world. Have some tortellini.


15 mins


30 mins




  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 30 oz canned whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper

  • Parmesan rind
  • 8 slices pepperoni, quartered
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into half-moons
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 pkg Al fresco Italian chicken sausage, grilled
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup pasta water
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded for garnish
  • 1 pkg tortellini

Tortellini alla Rosa in a grey sauté pan with wooden serving spoon

Tortellini alla Rosa

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. In a large pan over medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp oil and sauté onion and bell pepper until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add tomatoes, rosemary, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, Parm rind, pepperoni, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to simmer and cook for at least 15 mins, or until flavors are developed.
  4. In a large bowl, toss zucchini in olive oil and salt, pepper, oregano, and basil to taste.
  5. Grill zucchini and chicken sausages until desired doneness. Remove from heat. Slice sausages on a bias. Add zucchini and sausages to sauce. Cook for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  7. Stir in heavy cream and pasta water. Adjust seasonings if needed. Stir in tortellini. Serve garnished with parmesan. Enjoy!

Tortellini alla Rosa

Rosé Sangiovese

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

American Pale Ale

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