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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
Note: can drain bacon grease and replace with 3 T olive oil for a healthier alternative Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 608Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 1580mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 36g
Note: can drain bacon grease and replace with 3 T olive oil for a healthier alternative
Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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