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Makeover Tempting Tortellini & Ham

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


  • 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


  • In a large saucepan, cook tortellini according to package directions, adding the broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 334 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.
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  • rganderson22
    Nov 2, 2014

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

  • jwagner831
    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
    Aug 23, 2011

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

  • mzivich
    Apr 25, 2011

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  • redlildevil
    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
    Jan 19, 2010

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

  • Carol39110
    Nov 23, 2009

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    Aug 28, 2009

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  • chris_giles18
    Jan 15, 2009

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  • Cook38
    Nov 22, 2008

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