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Easy Tortellini Alfredo

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Easy Tortellini Alfredo for the win! What beats cheese tortellini smothered in a rich, buttery, creamy, garlicky alfredo sauce on those nights when nothing but pasta will do? This dish is an easy crowd-pleaser and sure to be a new family favorite. 


  • 18 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk I used fat free half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups reserved pasta water
  • 1/3-1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese see note
  • fresh chopped parsley and grated parmesan for topping optional
  • Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add tortellini. Boil 3 minutes. use a slotted spoon to remove from the pot or strain and reserve the pasta liquid for later.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in garlic for 1 minute til fragrant.
  • Sprinkle flour over the melted butter and garlic and stir until a paste forms.
  • Gradually whisk in milk until smooth and fully incorporated.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese until cheese is fully melted and incorporated.
  • Gradually whisk in more pasta water as needed to rich a smooth, pourable sauce.
  • Taste, add salt and pepper if needed. Stir in tortellini for 2-3 minutes til hot throughout and top with cracked black pepper, parsley, and grated parmesan if desired.
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