Tortellini Carbonara ~ A Quick Weeknight Meal! No, really!

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Tortellini Carbonara Makes a Beautiful Dinner Easy

Tortellini Carbonara is a classic dish that is impressive to the eye and tongue!  But here’s a little secret: although it looks all complicated and complex, it’s really not!  It’s a really easy dish to make with a couple of shortcuts and some fabulous, yet easy to find ingredients.  This dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal, or a feast for guests.  Even kids will love the creamy, bacony sauce over adorable tortellini stuffed with cheese.

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Simple Ingredients for Tortellini Carbonara

The ingredients for Tortellini Carbonara can be found at your local grocery store.  Tortellini can be in the pasta aisle, as a dried pasta, or in the fresh pasta case.  These little gems are not only delish in Tortellini Carbonara, but also with a red sauce, or in a pasta salad instead of spirals.  They can be stuffed with just about anything, but my favorite for this dish is a simple cheese stuffing.  It adds a great flavor without overpowering the sauce.  Pancetta is an Italian style bacon that can usually be found in the deli area, in prepackaged containers.  It adds a fabulous flavor to the dish.  But, if for some reason your deli doesn’t have any pancetta, a good bacon, thick cut, makes a great substitution.  It will add the same smoky flavor and meaty bite to the sauce.  The last ingredient that has a great impact on the sauce is the peas.  While you can leave them out, I love a petite or June pea in this dish.  The tender little orbs give the dish just a bit of sweetness that is amazing and so delicious.  It really boosts the flavor of everything, including the tortellini.

Tortellini Carbonara ~ A Quick Weeknight Meal! No, really!

Tortellini Carbonara ~ A Quick Weeknight Meal!  No, really!


  • 1 lg pkg tortellini
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 4 oz pkg pancetta
  • 8 oz petite peas
  • 2 C half n half
  • 3 T flour
  • 1/2 C Asiago cheese
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Fill a large pot with water and heat to a boil. While cooking the sauce, boil the tortellini for 4-5 minutes, until they float and are tender.
  2. In a saute pan, crisp the pancetta and garlic over medium heat.
  3. Add the half n half and flour. Whisk and bring to a boil. When it starts to thicken, add the peas and cook 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, place the drained tortellini in a bowl. Top with sauce and sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Tortellini Carbonara is an Easy Weekday Meal

In as little as 20 minutes, you can have a beautiful dinner on the table!  I love a quick meal after a long day, and y’all will agree, this is a delicious way to do it.  Tortellini Carbonara is a fabulous meal that’s not your average weekday meal.

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