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Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with Bacon

March 21, 2016

There’s tortellini, and then there’s alfredo tortellini and then there’s alfredo tortellini with broccoli in it… and THEN there is Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with BACON. 

BACON! 

This stuff is already filthy rich and then I added bacon and I basically went into a delicious cheese covered bacon coma. 

I think if I was to become a vegetarian, (don’t worry, Dad. I won’t) I would probably miss bacon the most. 

If I was a pig, I’d probably be a cannibal. Weird thought. 

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with BACON! And I thought alfredo tortellini was good...

One of the things on my culinary bucket list (yeah. I totally have one of those) is that I want to learn how to make my own ravioli and tortellini someday. 

Those little kids on Master Chef Jr. make it look so easy… 

I have so many dang things I want to learn how to make. It will take me a lifetime to master all of them. That’s one of my favorite things about cooking. It is a place where I can constantly challenge and stretch myself. 

There is always something new to learn.

I used to think culinary school would be fun, but then I imagine myself burning in Hell’s Kitchen whenever I think about it. 

Gordon Ramsay could just look at me and I would melt into a giant puddle on the floor. 

It was like the time my family lived in Germany and I took tennis lessons from an instructor that only spoke German. I did not speak German. But he always sounded angry. I felt like I was living this youtube video

I now officially suck at tennis. 

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with BACON! And I thought alfredo tortellini was good...

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with Bacon
This tortellini dish has flavorful alfredo, fresh broccoli and BACON. It is FILTHY rich!
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Ingredients
  1. 16 ounces broccoli florets (about 4 cups cooked)
  2. 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  3. 12 ounces cheese tortellini
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the Alfredo Sauce
  1. 4 tablespoons butter
  2. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  3. Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  4. 2 cups heavy cream
  5. 1 tablespoon flour
  6. 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Steam the broccoli until tender, keep warm and set aside.
  2. Using a large skillet or griddle, fry bacon over medium/high heat until crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Roughly chop and set aside.
  3. Cook the tortellini according to package directions. Before draining the tortellini, scoop out 1/2 cup of cooking water and set it aside. Toss cooked tortellini with tablespoon of olive oil to prevent sticking. Keep warm.
For the Sauce
  1. In a deep, large frying pan over medium/low heat melt butter.
  2. Add garlic and salt and pepper, cooking until fragrant. Stir about every 2 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, whisk together cream and flour in a small bowl so no lumps remain. Pour the cream mixture into the pan. Turn the heat up to medium high and bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  4. Once it has reached a simmer, slowly stir in the Parmesan cheese. Cook another minute or two, stirring constantly.
  5. Turn heat down to low. Add the broccoli, tortellini and bacon. Slowly stir with a wooden spoon to coat everything in the sauce.
  6. Once the sauce thickens, remove from heat and serve. If the sauce becomes too thick for your liking, slowly stir in the reserved pasta water.
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Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with BACON! And I thought alfredo tortellini was good...

For all I know, he was saying extremely nice things. 

Broccoli Alfredo Tortellini with BACON! And I thought alfredo tortellini was good...

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15 Comments

  • Reply Valentina March 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    OMG what a totally scrumptious combination of ingredients. I was in before the bacon, and then . . . wow! Seriously, my wold family will love this!

    • Reply taythurston March 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Valentina! It’s definitely not the skinniest of meals šŸ™‚

  • Reply Molly Kumar March 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I’m always looking for new ways to use Broccoli and this recipe looks simply divine. I would love to try and I can almost taste it looking at your pictures šŸ˜€

    • Reply taythurston March 22, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Molly!

  • Reply Marisa Franca @ All Our Way March 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Well, first of all I understand having ankle weights — my first two were 13 months apart. Those were the days when I had lots of energy. And our family are carnivores – pure and simple. Love, love, love meat. Your recipe sounds delicious and not to plug anything — but we have a total tutorial on making your own ravioli. My gosh it is so simple to do — you’ve got to do it. This fall we’ll turn into a veritable ravioli factory cranking those delicious morsels out šŸ™‚ I love your tasty yet simple recipe!!

    • Reply taythurston March 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Marisa! Can’t wait to check it out. 13 months apart?! How did you do it? I’ve got a toddler and one on the way in July. I have a feeling two is going to rock my world. You are superwoman!

  • Reply Lucy March 21, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Yum! I love bacon and broccoli together. This looks like such a luscious weeknight meal.

    • Reply taythurston March 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Luscious is a great word to describe it. Thanks, Lucy!

  • Reply LydiaF March 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Looks simple and delicious with your beautiful salad. Don’t worry about being a piggy cannibal. They’re omnivorous šŸ™‚

    • Reply taythurston March 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      HA! I laughed out loud at your comment. Maybe I would be good, then.;)

  • Reply Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs March 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I love tortellini!!! And you make it look so beautiful. I’m not sure I could make tortellini look that amazing. Good job!

    • Reply taythurston March 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Emma. I bet you could!

  • Reply Immaculate March 22, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Anything with bacon tastes good in my books !! Give this to me ANYTIME and I would wipe my plate clean. YUM!!!

    • Reply taythurston March 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      A girl after my own heart šŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Reply Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction March 23, 2016 at 1:08 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love both broccoli and bacon!

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