Everyone loves tortellini. The cheesy goodness in every bite, the soft texture- it's all so good and hard to resist. Use this recipe to add some flair to your next tortellini dinner. This recipe's use of ham adds a lot of protein, while added seasonings and cheeses bring lots of flavor.
You'll want to use cheese tortellini for this recipe. The refrigerated kind in particular is best for this recipe, but use whatever tortellini you can find. If you absolutely cannot find cheese tortellini, mushroom tortellini can work as a substitute.
There are only four steps to prepare this recipe. How easy is that? Recipes with lots of steps can feel overwhelming, pushing cooks away from trying them. We understand that simple is best, which is why we've done our best to keep these steps as to-the-point as possible.
This is a great recipe to have on hand for when you need a delicious, nutritious dinner to feed your entire family. If tortellini on its own has grown stale for you, try this recipe. It will breathe new life into this pasta, giving you a new reason to buy it. Enjoy!
Creamy Tortellini and Ham
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
¼ cup reduced-fat butter, cubed
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup fat-free milk
¼ cup half-and-half cream
1½ cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1. In a large saucepan, cook tortellini according to package directions, adding the broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
2. Meanwhile, 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.
3. Add the ham, cheeses, basil, garlic powder, and pepper; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted.
4. Stir in tomato. Drain tortellini mixture; add to the pan and heat through.
Serving size: ¾ cup mixture