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Creamy Alfredo Tortellini with Broccoli

Creamy Alfredo tortellini with broccoli is ready in under 20 minutes with almost no prep work! This easy pasta dinner a great option on a busy night or you just want warm, cozy comfort food.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 387kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups broccoli florets roughly chopped
  • 1 12 oz pkg refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese plus extra for garnish
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Steam the broccoli, just until fork tender. Set aside.
  • Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, and drain the rest. Set aside.
  • While the pasta's cooking, begin the sauce by melting the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Stir in the onion, and let it cook until tender. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking for roughly two minutes or until fragrant.
  • Stir the half & half into the skillet, and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to low, and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Add the reserved pasta water, and stir until it's incorporated into the sauce. Allow the sauce to thicken, stirring as needed.
  • Add the cooked pasta & broccoli to the skillet, tossing gently to coat.
  • Season with salt & pepper, to taste, and serve. Top with extra shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1774IU | Vitamin C: 125mg | Calcium: 498mg | Iron: 1mg