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.

Everyday Food, December 2010


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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 another 1/4 cup Parmesan. Broil until top is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.


Reviews (6)

215 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 70
  • 3 star values: 68
  • 2 star values: 35
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
This is a favorite for my teenagers - paired with a leafy green salad. I use refrigerated cheese tortellini, and it works very well.
Rating: 5 stars
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!
Rating: 3 stars
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.
Rating: Unrated
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.
Rating: Unrated
Yes, the tortellini cook in the milk. I added mine frozen and it turned out great. Kids loved it too!
Rating: Unrated
Does anyone know if the tortellini in this recipe are frozen? Or do I boil them first? Or do they cook in the milk?