Tortellini Carbonara Recipe
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Tortellini Carbonara Recipe

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Bacon, cream and Parmesan cheese make a classic pasta sauce that's absolutely heavenly. It's a great option for company! —Cathy Croyle, Davidsville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 8 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 527 calories, 36g fat (20g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 728mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Pour off drippings.
  3. In same pan, combine cream, cheese, parsley and bacon; heat through over medium heat. Stir in tortellini. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tortellini Carbonara in Quick Cooking May/June 2003, p14

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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middjett User ID: 7818954 138359
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"This was pretty good. I used chopped ham in place of bacon, added onion, garlic and fresh sauteed mushrooms. I used a substitution for the heavy cream to cut back on the calories and fat. All in all, it was quite good and easy to prepare."

Michelle J. Zimmerman User ID: 1351552 134203
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"I made this dish for an afternoon luncheon with my friends. They raved and thought I had worked on it for hours. It was sooooo easy (and delicious!)"

KateNicole User ID: 7401965 50787
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"I'm giving this recipe 5 stars just because it is soooo easy! I am super picky when it comes to good italian food, but the taste is just delicious. I didn't have fresh parsley so I used dried Italian herbs. I also added some garlic, extra cheese and peas. Next time I want to add mushrooms too."

Montana86 User ID: 5344864 88265
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"Added fresh sauted mushrooms and garlic"

debnmike2 User ID: 2905926 50784
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Love this! Will definitely double for lunch leftovers next time. Made exactly as recipe stated. Nothing to improve on."

mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 54660
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"I used ckn tortellini, sauteed onions, mushrooms, and garlic, and used turkey bacon and added Italian seasoning and my hub ate almost the whole pot. Very good base for a great recipe."

MyLittleChickadees User ID: 3556835 86711
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"This was absolutely awesome! Our family of three had a very small amount of leftovers when we served a single batch with a Caesar salad."

ottis_1 User ID: 5948858 205482
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"I added sauteed onion and garlic to this. love this dish!"

skayt User ID: 1972793 54601
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"quick, easy, and delicious. The cheese sauce with bacon and parsley is an excellent flavor combination."

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 88263
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"This is a very quick, easy, & delicious recipe..I always double the ingredients!!"

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