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Olive Garden Braised Beef and Tortellini in Marsala Cream Sauce Recipe.

Homemade Olive Garden Braised Beef and Tortellini in Marsala Cream Sauce Recipe

Homemade Olive Garden Braised Beef and Tortellini in Marsala Cream Sauce Recipe

If you have ever been to Olive Garden than you will know that the Braised Beef and Tortellini is absolutely Divine. Now you can make it at home instead of paying an expensive restaurant. I guarantee you wont have any leftovers. We never do in our home. I was so blessed to have been given this recipe, and now you will have it in your home.


You cook this in a slow cooker. This is a good recipe that you can make in the morning for work, and come home to a delicious cooked meal. This taste so good, that you are going to have to convince your family that you didn't bring home to go food from Olive Garden. Then again your house will smell so good from this recipe that perhaps they just might believe you made it yourself.


3 1/2 lbs beef bone in short ribs.

2Tablespoon olive oil + 2 Tablespoon olive oil.

3 Garlic Cloves minced

1 Medium onion finely chopped.

1/2 bag of mini carrots

6 fresh basil leaves chopped. (only fresh)

6 sprigs fresh thyme chopped

3 Tablespoons flour

2 cups Marsala cooking wine.

2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar.

2 cups chicken broth

4 bay leaves

1 can diced tomatoes drained.

1 carton portobello mushrooms sliced.

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream.

1 Large tomato diced

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9 oz package of cheese tortellini. (buy extra for extra remainder sauce).

Fresh Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Braised Beef and Tortellini in Marsala Cream Sauce Recipe cooking

Braised Beef and Tortellini in Marsala Cream Sauce Recipe cooking


Directions:Olive Garden's Braised Beef and Tortellini.

Salt and pepper your short ribs, Heat your olive oil in a pan and heat on medium heat. Then add your beef ribs, and brown them real good.

When they are browned transfer each piece as it cooks to the cutting board. When they are all browned turn off your burner; leave the pan on the stove; and start to debone your short ribs.

Put the meat aside, and cut into bite size pieces. Discard the fat trimmings from the meat and put your bones in the crock pot. (The bones give it extra flavor). You want your bones to be all on the bottom of the pot. When the ribs are all deboned than you want to add the meat on top of the bones in the crock pot.

Chop up the carrots; thyme; onion; and basil, and add them to the pot that you left on the stove. (The beef grease left in the pot is important and do not drain). Now add your garlic. Cook the ingredients until the onions are translucent.

Next add the flour and cook a couple minutes. (This creates a rue). Continue to stir mixing really well.

Next add the vinegar, and Marsala wine to the pot on the stove and continue to stir. Cook 8 minutes to reduce the alcohol. Next add the can tomatoes, and cook another 5 min. When your time is up pour the cooked mixture over your meat in the crock pot.

Add Chicken Broth and stir in as best as you can in the slow cooker. Add bay leaves to slow cooker.

Continue to cook in the crock pot on high for 6 hours. When the time is up- remove the bones from the crock pot, and bay leaves. Spoon out the fat oil from the settling of the crock pot and discard.

Heat 2 T olive oil on the stove and cook the mushrooms till done. Leave the mushrooms in the pan. Reduce the pan heat to low and add all the ingredients from the crock pot to the pan on the stove minus the bones.

Get out another pot and start boiling your tortellini according to package directions.

While your tortellini noodles are cooking add the chopped tomatoes to your pot on the stove and cook 12 minutes on medium- continuously stirring. When this is done add your heavy whipping cream and continue to keep warm till your tortellini is done. Serve the sauce over the cooked tortellini. Sprinkle fresh parmesan on top.

This Olive Garden Braised Beef and Tortellini Recipe makes a good portion. I would say it is enough sauce mixture for 3 (9 ounce)tortellini packages. When I make this I normally freeze the remainder beef tip mixture, and reheat it with fresh tortellini when I serve it. It is just like the first time I make it, and is so delicious you will catch yourself licking the spoon.

If you don't know how to brown meat in a pan than you want to watch this video.


NanC on December 06, 2019:

Way too much work in these instructions. Just get ready to go stew meat, throw everything but the pasta in the slow cooker with no pre-cooking, use beef broth and not chicken broth, cook on low for 8 hours. No olive oil or flour is needed. I didn’t use carrots because I don’t remember them being in the OG version. The meat cooked perfectly without pre-browning.

Lynn on April 09, 2014:

Thanks for the recipe! OG no longer has this on their menu...

Andy on April 06, 2014:

More of a beef stew over tortellini in my opinion.

Selle on February 07, 2014:

Making it right now, smells wonderful. Just thought I'd let you know the recipe description is missing when to add the garlic. Thank you for sharing this recipe, can't wait to taste it!

lesliebyars on January 18, 2014:

The fact that it said Olive Garden, was enough for me. I read over this hub and can't wait to try it. I love using Marsala cooking wine. I voted this hub up and awesome. I will post to facebook as well.

Amy Goldstein (author) from Chesterfield on July 03, 2012:

Yep this is what you do. Im sure this is absolutely delicious..

Pennington's on July 01, 2012:

What about the chicken broth?? I added it to the pan with the wine and such, hope that works out.

Amy Goldstein (author) from Chesterfield on March 27, 2012:

You are so welcome!

Amy Goldstein (author) from Chesterfield on March 27, 2012:

You are so welcome! How did your dish turn out? I bet it was just as delicious as Olive Garden.:)

Amy Goldstein (author) from Chesterfield on March 26, 2012:

You are so welcome. This is a staple in our home.

Amy Goldstein (author) from Chesterfield on March 26, 2012:

This is one of our favorite dishes in our home. The kids can smell it when it is cooking. It smells up your whole house with yummy goodness. The kids come running with their bowls..

Joe on February 25, 2012:

Where's the instructions for the chicken broth? Too late I realized it was still sitting on the counter.

carmellabanker on January 06, 2012:

I made this, and I have only rave reviews. It's a well-conceptualized dish. I used yellow onion instead of shallots, white wine instead of Marsala, and Swiss chard instead of spinach. So, so delicious. I'm going to experiment with different pastas, different herbs, and different vegetables, snce I'll be making this often. I also served it as in the picture - a spectacular presentation. This dish was easy to make and qualifies as "guest-worthy".really thank and i like this post

PJ on December 17, 2011:

This is our FAVORITE dish at olive garden! Thanks so much for the recipe! Google helped me find it. :-)

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on August 16, 2011:

Your recipe looks delicious. It's a must try. Thanks for sharing it.

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