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Tortellini Carbonara

Tortellini Carbonara

This is my own creation, it isn’t intended to be an authentic Italian-style Carbonara but more of an Italian inspired dish.

Choose an interesting sausage that you can showcase in this dish.  I prefer to avoid sharp flavors like apple and a cheese sausage would just get lost.

Ingredients:

1 pkg. Tortellini
3 to 5 slices bacon
4 to 6 Oz Sausage, sliced or Ham, diced
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup carrot, very finely diced, about 1/16th” cubes
3 cloves garlic, diced
4 oz button mushrooms, sliced into quarters
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp parsley
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 Tbs roux (Roux Directions)
1 large egg, beaten
2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup frozen or lightly cooked peas

Directions:

Prepare tortellini per the package’s directions.
Cut bacon into 1″ pieces, Bake at 350 until done but not crisp.  Drain and set aside on paper towel.
Sauté Sausage/Ham until lightly browned. Drain and set aside on paper towel.
Sauté onions in olive oil until lightly wilted, add celery and carrot and continue cooking over low heat.
Add Garlic and mushrooms and sauté lightly.
Stir in parsley, pepper and allow veggies to cool.
Add cream, milk, roux and egg, stir completely incorporating the egg.
Slowly add cheeses while cooking over low heat, stirring constantly until egg is fully cooked.
Stir in peas and bacon and allow to thicken before serving on cooked tortellini.

Notes:

Serves 3-4 depending on how much sauce you use per dish.

This is my own creation, it isn’t intended to be an authentic Italian-style Carbonara but more of an Italian inspired dish.

Choose an interesting sausage that you can showcase in this dish.  I prefer to avoid sharp flavors like apple and a cheese sausage would just get lost.

Most of the ingredients can be frozen, but the completed sauce does not freeze very well.  To reheat, add a dash of milk and stir frequently.  Do not combine sauce and tortellini for storage.

 

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