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Bacon tortellini alfredo in a red bowl.

Bacon Tortellini Alfredo

April Freeman
A tasty pasta dish that includes chicken, bacon, and a cheesy sauce, our recipe for Bacon Tortellini Alfredo is a perfect recipe for a rushed weekday dinner. Add a soft roll and a side salad for a meal that the whole family will love.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Dutch Oven
  • stove

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Twelve Ounce Package Frozen Cheese Tortellini
  • 3 Strips Bacon Cut Into Small Pieces or 2 to 3 tablespoons real bacon bits
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • ¼ cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 4 ounce Cream Cheese Softened at Room Temperature and Cut Into Cubes
  • 1 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 6 Uncooked Chicken Tenders

Instructions
 

  • Put the chicken in a medium sized saucepan. Cover it with water and put it on the stove over medium heat. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and turn off the heat. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
    Chicken tenders with cheese coating.
  • When the time is up, remove the chicken from the water and shred it onto a plate, removing any gristle or connective tissue.
  • As the chicken is cooking, fill a Dutch oven about two thirds full of water. Set it on the stove over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Add about a half teaspoon of salt and stir it to dissolve. Add the frozen tortellini and cook it according to package instructions.
    Boiled tortellini in a large pan.
  • Drain the pasta and set it aside in the colander, since you will use the Dutch oven to create the rest of the dish.
  • In the Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook the garlic for about 60 seconds, until it is golden brown.
    Frying garlic in a pan until it turns golden brown.
  • Turn down the heat to medium low. Add the chicken broth. You can use the cooking liquid from the saucepan in which you cooked the chicken if you don’t have any broth on hand. Add the heavy cream and the cream cheese.
    Chicken broth and heavy cream with cheese.
  • Heat the mixture, whisking it with a whisk to smooth out the lumps and help the cream cheese to melt into the liquid. Add the Parmesan cheese, stirring to melt the cheese. Taste the liquid and add salt and pepper until it is to your liking. Take the pan off of the heat.
    Chicken broth and heavy cream with cheese.
  • Stir in the bacon bits. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more chicken broth.
    Chicken Broth with bacon bits and shredded cheese.
  • Add the chicken and the tortellini.
    Tortellini with cheese and bacon bits.
  • Serve the dish in bowls. You can top the pasta with chopped parsley, fresh basil, or a sprinkle of rosemary to add a pretty and fragrant garnish.
    Bacon tortellini alfredo in a red bowl.

Notes

That is why you need a collection of dinner menus that come together fast for those busy days. With recipes like Bacon Tortellini Alfredo you can have a tasty homemade dinner on the table in just a bit over half an hour.
This recipe takes a major shortcut by using frozen tortellini. These pastas are just as good as the fresh ones and you can keep a bag or two in the freezer for nights that are crazy. If you have some bacon bits and frozen chicken around, this is a great recipe to keep in mind for unexpected dinners.
One other shortcut that you can take is to use a shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken tenders. Another option is to open a can of chicken and drain the liquid off of it. Either one of these will allow you to skip out on cooking chicken as a part of the recipe.
The tortellini in this recipe is amazing. A close cousin to ravioli, another stuffed Italian pasta, tortellini originated in Emilia, a region of Northern Italy. Traditionally, tortellini is filled with ricotta cheese, but adventurous Italian cooks have stuffed it with all kinds of things. Salami, pork loin, and other sausage meats have also found their way into tortellini.
Tortellini is cooked many different ways. It is not unusual to find it prepared like a kind of dumpling in a soup recipe. However, it also tastes good as a traditional pasta with a cheesy, meaty, or tomato-based sauce drizzled over the top of the pasta. This is the way that our recipe uses tortellini.
Our recipe uses two different kinds of cheeses. We use cream cheese to help thicken the sauce without having to rely on a flour roux or cornstarch. However, we also include Parmesan cheese to give the sauce a cheesy tang. If you do not have Parmesan cheese on hand, you could substitute mozzarella or provolone cheese. In fact, a smoked provolone cheese would give this recipe a delicious and unusual twist.
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