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Tortellini Carbonara Recipe

Tortellini Carbonara Recipe

Creamy Tortellini Carbonara sent in by Cathy Croyle calls for only five ingredients and comes together in mere moments. The Davidsville, Pennsylvania cook simmers a rich bacon and Parmesan cheese sauce in one pan while boiling packaged tortellini to perfection in another. Then she combines the two to create a memorable main dish. "Add more cheese or additional parsley to the sauce to fit your family's taste," Cathy recommends.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the bacon, cream, parsley and cheese; cook over medium heat until heated through.
  • 2. Drain tortellini; toss with cream sauce. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 523 calories, 37g fat (21g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 651mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein

Reviews for Tortellini Carbonara

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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."

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!)"

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."

Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"Added fresh sauted mushrooms and garlic"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

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

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

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

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

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

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"This is one of the family favorites. We actually use it as a side dish."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"This recipe is delicious and easy to make. I don't agree, though, that it makes enough for four servings - especially for men or hearty eaters."

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

"OH MY GOD! This dish is soooo good! Im a nanny and i made it for the first time for the kids i watch and we all fell inlove!! I just came to this recipe to print it out for my own cook book!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"It was v. good. My husband said he could've used more! It's really rich, so we'll only have it occasionally. Steamed broccoli tastes good with it too."

Reviewed Aug. 14, 2009

"This is awesome!! I have to double the recipe because our family loves it so much!!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2008

"This is worth every single calorie and every single fat gram! Great to serve for an easy dinner for guests. Looks great and easy to prepare so you aren't stuck in the kitchen the whole time!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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