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Baked Tortellini with Bacon

Cheese tortellini get brown and bubbly under the broiler with the help of a simple white sauce and Parmesan cheese. Crisp bacon pieces add even more flavor.

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  • Servings: 6
Baked Tortellini with Bacon

Source: Everyday Food, December 2010


  • 4 slices bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small white onion, diced medium
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 packages (8.8 ounces each) cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)


  1. Heat broiler, with rack in top position. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel to drain. Add onion and garlic to pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 8 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

  2. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Add tortellini and bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer; cook, stirring often, until liquid has thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in bacon and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Transfer to a 2-quart broilerproof baking dish and top with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Broil until top is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Reviews (5)

  • Mamasaurus Rex 30 Jan, 2015

    This first time I tried this I used tortellini that was dehydrated in a bag. I have never worked with tortellini so I just dumped them in without cooking them first. Epic fail! Pasta was chewy and had dehydrated cubes of what I think was cheese in the center. We ate out that night! So tortellini take 2...I bought fresh tortellini this time and once again, did not cook prior to dumping them in the sauce. These turned out GREAT! Tasty triumph...kid fist pumps the air good!

  • greennv 14 Jan, 2015

    I think this recipe would be improved by not broiling the pasta, but just serving it with the sauce and eliminating this step. I will give it another try.

  • megamonious 27 Jun, 2012

    Delicious, but the tortellini turned out a little chewy. I'd like to try it again, but I'd boil the tortellini separately and cook the sauce without them.

  • vic88 21 Jan, 2011

    Yes, the tortellini cook in the milk. I added mine frozen and it turned out great. Kids loved it too!

  • ChefSR 11 Jan, 2011

    Does anyone know if the tortellini in this recipe are frozen? Or do I boil them first? Or do they cook in the milk?

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