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 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: 334 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g 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

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rganderson22 User ID: 2224675 210475
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"I always add more half and half tho thin the sauce, but this has great flavor"

jwagner831 User ID: 2105365 179185
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."

lesliemath User ID: 5082372 104050
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

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

redlildevil User ID: 5473397 110642
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"

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 97608
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

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

Cook38 User ID: 1584232 111282
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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