20-Minute Tortellini Alfredo
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Tortellini Alfredo can be made with simple, fresh ingredients for a tasty and filling meal. Add a salad or breadsticks, and dinner is served!
Tortellini Alfredo Recipe
Create incredible tortellini with alfredo sauce that is deliciously rich and creamy, coating each bite of pasta to perfection.
Don’t worry — it stays plenty saucy without turning to goop as it cools.
Plus, the addition of chicken stock allows everything to simmer together in the same pan!
You can get dinner on the table in a fraction of the time, with fewer dishes to clean afterward.
I’ve also got an incredible recipe for tortellini alfredo soup that’s loaded with fresh vegetables and spinach for a hearty, comforting meal.
For a lighter meal, try my Chicken Pesto Pasta instead! It’s ready in just 10 minutes and features delicious bursts of fresh tomatoes.
Alfredo Tortellini – Tips and Tricks
- Bring ingredients to room temp. Cold dairy can be a bit finicky.
If you can, allow the cream cheese, milk, and cream to sit on the counter for 30 minutes before getting started.
- Use full fat dairy! The high fat levels in both the heavy cream and cream cheese will keep the sauce from curdling when making the tortellini with alfredo sauce.
- Experiment with flavor. You can find these tiny pasta pockets stuffed with a variety of ingredients. We love cheese tortellini, but you can pick anything you like.
- Simmer uncovered. This allows some of the liquid to evaporate and helps thicken the sauce.
- Want extra protein? Brown some Italian sausage in a separate pan or crumble up cooked bacon and stir it in just before serving. Just be sure to drain off the excess grease!
Tortellini with Alfredo Sauce FAQs
Yes, but you will need to increase the cooking time until the cheese tortellini pasta is completely tender.
Since dry varieties require more moisture, you may also need to add additional chicken stock.
The easiest way to customize this alfredo tortellini is by adding seasonings and spices! Dried Italian herbs would be delicious, and red pepper flakes will kick things up a notch.
Spinach is another easy addition that won’t affect the texture of the sauce. Rinse and pat the greens dry, then stir them in towards the end until wilted.
You can save leftover cheese tortellini for up to 5 days. Allow them to cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container.
Keep in mind that the pasta will continue to soften over time. Reheat over low heat on the stove, adding extra stock as needed.
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20 Minute Tortellini Alfredo
- 1 pound fresh tortellini, refrigerated
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons cream cheese, sliced and softened
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup chicken stock
- salt and pepper, to taste
- fresh parsley, for garnish
- Melt butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat.
- Add minced garlic to the butter and saute for about 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add cream cheese pieces to the pan and whisk as it melts to combine with the butter (mixture will appear separated but whisks into a smooth creamy sauce once the other ingredients are added).
- Add heavy cream and whole milk gradually, whisking the sauce at the same time, until smooth.
- Add the parmesan cheese by the handful, whisking until melted and combined between each handful of cheese.
- Whisk in 1 cup of chicken stock and bring mixture to a simmer.
- Add the tortellini to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly and the tortellini is cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with freshly parsley and more grated parmesan, and serve.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published January 2022, updated and republished February 2023
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Tortellini is easily my favorite pasta, because it can be filled with pretty much anything, my favorite filling personally is cheese. This recipe saved me so much time while still being insanely delicious.