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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, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley


  • 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.

Reviews for Tortellini Carbonara

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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!!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 125423
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

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

1982champion User ID: 4213457 41470
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."

cherylmac User ID: 1895579 88261
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!"

ABaker521 User ID: 3753363 125398
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."

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 205481
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2009

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

mommywissa User ID: 1434519 122999
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.