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Makeover Tempting Tortellini & Ham Recipe
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Makeover Tempting Tortellini & Ham Recipe

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I received this recipe when I got married but it need to lighted up. This version is so much lighter and still tastes delicious.—Lisa Burke, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 334 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 865 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook tortellini according to package directions, adding the broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
  3. Add the ham, cheeses, basil, garlic powder and pepper; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Stir in tomato. Drain tortellini mixture; add to the pan and heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Originally published as Makeover Tempting Tortellini & Ham in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p22

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 334 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 865 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 19 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

The sauce was a bit thick and lumpy so I ended up adding a bit of chicken broth and using my immersion blender. I also used frozen broccoli and added a whole 16 oz. bag. Other than that, made as directed and was DELICIOUS comfort food. My daughter and husband both LOVED it. Will definitely make again.

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

Sauce was way too thick. Did not look very appealing. Tasted pastey.

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

this was absolutely delicious uhmmm didn't use fat free anything lol boyfriend said i'm definitely going to be making this again and my kid ate 2 platefuls he loved it and i didn't put tomatoes in it and it was still very good

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

I had to add more half and half. Sauce was very thick. Sauce has great flavor!

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008

This was one of THE yummiest, flavorful dinners I've ever made! Thank you for contributing to such tummy joy!

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