Ducks 'n a Row: Tortellini Alfredo

13 April 2013

Tortellini Alfredo

By Sinea Pies

When I first tried Tortellini Alfredo, it was at my best friend Rosemary's house. She is 100% Italian and such a gifted cook. She served it as a side dish at Sunday dinner with homemade meatballs, sauce, linguini, pork (also cooked in the sauce), tossed romaine salad with black olives, cherry tomatoes and so on, and fresh warm Italian bread. 

Oh my goodness! What a meal. I had never had tortellini-anything until then. Now I'd met one of my favorite foods. Wow! I walked away with the recipe. I wasn't going to let this one get away. 
Creamy homemade Alfredo sauce mixed with cheese tortellini, bacon and peas. Simple!

Caution: everyone overeats when this is served. A great indication of how wonderful it is.

Tortellini Alfredo Recipe

2 pkgs (16 oz each) frozen cheese tortellini
¼ cup butter, melted
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk and/or half & half
Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
6-8 slices bacon, cooked and broken into pieces
½ cup frozen peas

Fill a large pot of water and bring to boil.
Add frozen tortellini and cook on high for 3-4 minutes.
Tip: you’ll know that they are ready when some of them are floating on the water.

In separate saucepan, melt butter.
Add flour and whisk in with the butter.
Add milk gradually, while stirring.
Allow to come to a boil (still stirring) till it thickens.
Add Romano cheese and whisk again.
Add bacon.
Add peas.
Pour into tortellini in the big pot and stir.

Combine by adding the cheese sauce to the tortellini in the large pot.

Rosemary served her Tortellini Alfredo with meatballs and sauce.
I often serve it along side Belgian Brisket .
Cornbread is also a great addition to this meal. 

Ever cooked with tortellini? 
What recipes do you use?

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