Cheese Tortellini Carbonara

Cheese filled tortellini, covered in creamy parmesan sauce, flavored with bacon and garlic–it’s a classic knockoff I call Cheese Tortellini Carbonara! 

Extra bacon.  Extra Cheese.  Because.

Cheese filled tortellini, covered in creamy parmesan sauce, flavored with bacon and garlic creates a classic knockoff I call Cheese Tortellini Carbonara!

I still remember the first time I had pasta carbonara—it was in grad school.  Many years ago. The dish was so tasty, I vowed to make it again.  Soon.

Okay, I guess I missed out on that soon part. 

Cheese filled tortellini, covered in creamy parmesan sauce, flavored with bacon and garlic creates a classic knockoff I call Cheese Tortellini Carbonara!

Tortellini Carbonara

It was our family vacation last month that finally pushed me into making it, with a slight change to Cheese Tortellini Carbonara.  We had rented a timeshare in beautiful Captiva, FL and brought down three kids and a boyfriend.  It was pretty near a dream vacation.  Except how to make food that would please everyone?

Captiva toast on beach

Toasting random strangers on the beach–always fun!

Creamy pasta is always a crowd pleaser and my youngest would be happy eating mac ‘n cheese three times a day.  I just needed an adult version.  With flavor that would knock your socks off.  Food bloggers tend to raise kids with… expectations

So I decided to try the carbonara.  And I went with cheese tortellini instead of the traditional spaghetti.  ‘Cause there’s no such thing as too much cheese!   

Easy too!

This dish cooks up fast so it’s a near perfect vacation entree.  I added salad and garlic bread for a meal that was a hands-down favorite!

I wish I’d taken pictures of the dinner in Florida—just to convey the fun we had.  But it was no problem getting later pictures.  ‘Cause this Cheese Tortellini Carbonara is a keeper! 

Cheese filled tortellini, covered in creamy parmesan sauce, flavored with bacon and garlic creates a classic knockoff I call Cheese Tortellini Carbonara!

Mmm!

Cheese Tortellini Carbonara!
Serves 6
Cheese filled tortellini, covered in creamy parmesan sauce, flavored with bacon and garlic creates a classic knockoff I call Cheese Tortellini Carbonara!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
499 calories
47 g
167 g
21 g
30 g
10 g
160 g
1304 g
1 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
160g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499
Calories from Fat 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
32%
Saturated Fat 10g
50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 167mg
56%
Sodium 1304mg
54%
Total Carbohydrates 47g
16%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A
12%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
43%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 20 ounces cheese tortellini (2 10-ounce packages)
  2. • 8 ounces bacon, cut in half
  3. • 6 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  4. • 3 eggs
  5. • 5 ounces grated parmesan cheese
  6. • Salt, Black pepper
  7. • Couple tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Pour tortellini into the pot and cook according to package directions, using lower end number if there is a range. Reserve 1 cup water for sauce and discard the rest. If the sauce isn’t ready when done (mine was), drizzle the pasta with a little oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
  2. While pasta water is heating, cut bacon strips in half and cook in a large frying pan. Cook bacon until crisp. Move bacon to platter and set aside. Discard all but 3 Tablespoons of bacon fat (see note).
  3. Add garlic to the saute pan and cook for a minute or two, until starting to turn light gold. Remove from heat, then add cooked pasta and mix together well.
  4. Beat together eggs and cheese. Mix into the pasta pan, then set back on the stove, and cook until sauce is thickened. Add reserved pasta water as needed.
  5. Stir reserved bacon back in and season with black pepper and salt to taste.
  6. Top with chopped parsley. Serve with additional grated cheese if desired
Notes
  1. Note: can drain bacon grease and replace with 3 T olive oil for a healthier alternative
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499
fat
21g
protein
30g
carbs
47g
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14 thoughts on “Cheese Tortellini Carbonara

  1. Audrey

    I am not sure which line made me laugh more – food bloggers have kids with “expectations” or “there is no such thing as too much cheese” True and True!

    This looks delicious with the bacon and creamy sauce.

  2. Juliana

    I am loving this simple and easy dish…and absolutely love the creamy…in everything. Thanks for sharing the recipe and happy to know that you had a great family vacation.
    Enjoy the rest of your week Inger!

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