carb18

I have a weakness for pasta and tortellini is no exception. I love things that are creamy and I love experimenting so I threw some of my favorite things and my hubby’s favorite things together and guess what? It worked!! It was lovely and so I will share ūüôā

carb1

You will need:

  • 2-3 packs of Buitoni Chicken and prosciutto¬†stuffed¬†tortellini’s¬†or mix it up and do one cheese and one chicken¬†prosciutto. ¬†
  • 10-12 oz. mushrooms, button or any that is your favorite;¬†roughly chopped¬†
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can of small¬†baby¬†peas ( because I love them)
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion and 1 good size shallot chopped
  • 1 package or 1/4¬†pound¬†of pancetta roughly chopped or sometimes you can find them already cubed either is fine.
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 stick of butter cut in half.
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 2 TBS flour

In a large pot, get the water boiling for the tortellini. Throw a good pinch of salt in the water and set aside on med high.

In a sauce pan put in a 1/2 stick of butter and melt then put in 2 heaping TBS of flour and whisk into a rue (kind of like a paste then you are ready for milk.    A rue is this:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt
  • white or black pepper

carb12

Add milk 1cup and whisk, add a pinch of salt and pepper.

carb13

Set aside ..

In another pan let’s get started on the good stuff!!! You will melt another 1/2 stick of butter. YES MORE BUTTER lol not that fake stuff!!

carb2While this is melting lets get to cutting everything we wish to sauté! You can do this in advance if you wish, I usually do. carb3

Let’s chop this beautiful shallot, 1/2 a red¬†onion¬†and mushrooms .. set¬†aside¬†then let’s start on the pancetta and thyme.¬†
carb5
carb6carb7Now we are ready to add all of the above we chopped into the melted butter! Do not add the rue yet.carb8Let all that simmer until it is translucent. At this point we can throw in the tortellini’s into the boiling water.¬†carb9When this pan of goodness looks¬†crisp¬†and yummy you are ready to add the creamy rue! Pour right into the skillet you just saut√©ed everything in.carb10Now add the heavy cream, drain the can of peas and add them right in too!carb11The smells in your kitchen should now be amazing!! Let’s check on the tortellini.¬†When these begin to plump and float they are done, usually about 5 minutes. You can drain them and set them aside. This will allow everything to simmer and the milk and cream mixture¬†absorb¬†all these rich flavors.¬†carb14carb15This is how they look when they are done….and drained below.carb16Now that everything has simmered (about 5 minutes is good) lets add these babies together!!!¬†carb17Just pour this heavenly goodness right over the drained tortellini’s. Did I mention Pancetta is like bacon? ūüôā ¬†Stir and you will be ready to serve with your favorite bread and side item. I made braised Acorn Squash. (recipe¬†to follow).¬†carb18Garnish with the¬†Parmesan¬†cheese, maybe some fresh basil, pour a nice glass of wine and relax!!!

Advertisements