4.02.2013

Tortellini Carbonara (You Asked For It, You Got It)


Several of you asked yesterday for this recipe so I figured there is no time like the present it offer it up to all of you. I am not sure if you have ever been to Buca Di Beppo's but I have a mild obsession with their tortellini. In an "Oh my gosh--Easter is tomorrow and I haven't even thought about what I am making yet" panic, I turned to Google and searched "Buca Di Beppo's tortellini recipe". How I thought to do this I am not really sure, but oh how happy I am that I did. This dish is absolutely delicious if you enjoy anything that involves pasta, cheese, ham, and more cheese. It may not be the healthiest meals of sorts but that's why it tastes as good as it does. Flavor wins. Sorry healthy people. Without further ado, I present you this life changing recipe. 

Ingredients:
(this recipe serves 8-10 so you may want to halve everything if it's for a smaller group)

1/2 pound cooked ham (chopped) 
4 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
2 bags frozen cheese tortellini
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups green peas
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Melt the butter in a skillet with ham and onion. Saute for 5 minutes or so. 

2. Pour in the half and half while also stirring in the Parmesan cheese. You will want to stir frequently while the cheese melts. Bring sauce to a boil and allow it to thicken (this may take 20 minutes or so to develop a nice thick sauce). You may add some salt and pepper to the sauce while it thickens. Set sauce aside. 

3. Boil water in a separate pot and cook tortellini according to the package (around 5 minutes or so). The last minute or two pour in your peas and allow them to cook with the tortellini. Drain water. 

4. Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix all together. You may serve after this point. I poured mine into a buttered casserole dish, sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top, and put in the oven for 10 minutes or so at 350. You could also garnish with fresh parsley if you do desired. 

5. Enjoy :) 
I served mine with fresh asparagus and spinach and artichoke bread. For the bread I bought a french loaf, sliced it in half, and then topped the bread with TGI Fridays spinach and artichoke dip (it comes in the frozen boxes--just microwave the dip first according to the package). After spreading it over the bread I baked it for 20 minutes or so at 350. Very simple and delicious!  
And this concludes cooking with Erin. 
See you tomorrow 5 pounds heavier and 20 times happier (typical side effects of cheese). 
ps. If you do make this, you better tag me on Instagram with your photo of it (@livinginyellow)...mama needs to see your creation. 
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37 comments:

  1. Oh my god..you must post these wonderful things at 11am my time and now I want nothing more than cheesy pasta with ham for breakfast. One piece, here I come.

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  2. I die...I could eat this straight through the screen (you know...if that was possible).

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  3. I am OBSESSED with Bucca Di Beppo. Best. Restaurant. Ever. And their garlic cheese bread...to die for.

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  4. Um that looks freaking delish!!!

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  5. I tried to "pin" this to my recipes on Pinterest, but it says there are no images? So weird, since you included two pics. Anyway, I will totally be making this soon! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Weird! I don't know why it did that--you can pin directly off of my "share this" button and it should work okay for you! It worked for me! xo

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    2. If you are reading the post in BlogLovin' it will say that. Just close the header (the X on the right hand side) and it should let you.

      This recipe is making me so sad I had to give up dairy (temporarily)!!!!

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  6. Oh I am SOOO happy you posted this recipe! I saw the picture in yesterday's post and have been craving it ever since! Pinning the recipe now!

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  7. I love Boca Di Beppo!!! It's such a neat restaurant and has amazing food!! Definitely have to give this a try!

    -Sarah
    limitedspaceorganizing.blogspot.com

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  8. Stop it with that recipe, it looks amazing! I, too, love Buca and now need to go there again pronto:)

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  9. I just gained another 5 lbs looking at this. Worth every calorie I say!! :)

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  10. That looks SOO delicious! I went to Buca for the first time recently and it was amazing!

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  11. The Tortellini recipe would have been life changing enough, but the spinach and artichoke bread!
    Stop. I am going to eat this every day.

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  12. Thats so cool that you were actually able to find the recipe online! What did people do before the internet.

    Jess
    www.somesnapshots.com

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  13. Thats so cool that you were actually able to find the recipe online! What did people do before the internet.

    Jess
    www.somesnapshots.com

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  14. Thats so cool that you were actually able to find the recipe online! What did people do before the internet.

    Jess
    www.somesnapshots.com

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  15. This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. The only words that come to mind are YUM......

    Jennifer
    www.kermit-and-piggy.blogspot.com

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  17. Oh my word, this looks amazing. Yay for unhealthy comfort food!

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  18. yum yum! I am dying to try this ...minus the ham since I'm a meat-free gal

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  19. I've never been to Bucca di Beppo but that tortellin looks amaze-YUMS!!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

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  20. I need this tortellini in my belly right MEOW!
    Yes, as in 8:30am!

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  21. I love how low fat this dish looks. Yep, low fat.

    www.etsystalkers.com

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  22. I agree with Whitney. I need this now and it's still early in the AM. Oh wells!

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  23. I am DROOLING all over. Making this tomorrow night for sure!

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  24. Mouth = Watering!

    Thanks for the recipe post to make me hungry at 10:45 in the morning! :)

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  25. This actually looks like the best thing ever. Unbelievable. I'm so excited about this - thanks for sharing!

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  26. Geez that looks amazeballs as you would say!! Thanks

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  27. Y-U-M!!! Need to make this... now.. I don't even care if I already made dinner.

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  28. That looks delicious and I love how you made that bread, such a good idea!

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  29. Oh boy, that looks sinfully delish!

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  30. I have a silly question...what size were your bags of tortellini? Believe it or not, I'm having such a hard time finding frozen!!

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  31. That looks soooooooo tasty! I so want to try it! Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by because the lovely Aubrey recommended this post in her Weekly Round-Up post!

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  32. I just have to let you know that I tried this recipe and now I make it and crave it all the time! Carbonara is my favorite pasta dish and I had yet to find one that I make at home that I love. This has become it. THANK YOU for changing my life.

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