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Tortellini Carbonara Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Tortellini Carbonara

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"This is a super quick and delicious recipe. Not low in fat but high in flavor. Fresh cheese-filled tortellini combined with cubed ham, onion and green peas in a rich, cream sauce. Serve with garlic bread and a salad. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and ham and saute for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  2. Pour in the half-and-half and the cheese, stirring frequently, until the sauce starts to thicken and bubble. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  3. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook to desired doneness, or according to package directions. Add the peas to the boiling tortellini in the final minute of cooking. Drain all from the water and toss with the ham and sauce mixture.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 12, 2006

I'm curious...why does a recipe get a horrible review and things like "I want to light it on fire" when most likely it was human error that may have caused the problem? I see a lot of good recipes and try them out and have usually good results based on the experiences of others. There seems to be a lot of super rated recipes that have one or two bad reviews and it always is to the extreme. I appreciate honest reviews, but perhaps if one person's attempt fails, make an accurate account of what may have happened rather than blame the recipe or make comments on how you went about disposing of the evidence.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 12, 2007

This dish was not to my taste. Four cups of half & half seemed like a lot, maybe I didn't let it thicken for long enough. We were left with ham-flavored half & half soup!

Mar 20, 2003

This is a great recipe except I added fresh minced garlic. I highly recomend trying this one.

Aug 03, 2007

Awesome recipe. The kids loved it and it is soooo easy to make. I scored major points with the wife. Absolutely Fan-TAS-tic. However, you may need to add a water flour mix to thicken.

Dec 24, 2006

Fantastic! I have used this recipe several times now w/ great results. I did try it w/ fat free half & half & it ended up separating -- I would recommend sticking w/ the recipe!!

Aug 06, 2003

I added garlic, like someone else suggested, and doubled the ham so that it didn't need salt. The extra ham (honey cured) gave it a nice smoky flavor. I also used farfalle since I'm not crazy about tortellini. I sprinkled some extra shaved parmesan on top and it was wonderful. I made this for my sister's birthday and she was surprised at how easy it was, considering it was so yummy.

Dec 06, 2010

We did like this recipe, very easy. I did change this up a bit based on other comments. I used 1/2 of the half and half due to others commenting on this runny. I added in more as it thickened up. I also used pancetta instead of ham due to our preference.

Jun 17, 2006 delicious! I used bacon instead of the ham and fat free half and half to cut down on some of the fat. No one knew the difference. Fellow cooks, come join our message board at and look under What's cooking. KrisAnn, this was great and we all loved it!


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  • Calories
  • 601 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.8 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 136 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 39.8 g
  • 61%
  • Fiber
  • 3.6 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 28.5 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 1230 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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