Cheesy Tortellini with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Cheesy tortellini, bacon, and Brussels sprouts covered in melting cheese is an easy dinner that everyone loves!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 573 kcal
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon, about 1/3 lb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 lb Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 16 ounces freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, about 3 cups
  • 24 ounces refrigerated cheese or spinach tortellini
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a very large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon for about 2 minutes, then add the Brussels sprouts. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and the Brussels sprouts have browned. Transfer the bacon and Brussels sprouts to a plate. 

  2. Leave about a tablespoon of bacon grease in the skillet. Place the skillet back over medium-high heat. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Carefully pour 1/2 cup of warm water into the hot skillet. Use a flat spatula to scrape up the brown bits. 

  3. Add the cream, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes to the skillet and stir to combine. Lower the heat to medium and let the sauce simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, until it thickens slightly.

  4. Add the tortellini and stir well to coat thoroughly. Return the bacon and Brussels sprouts to the pan and stir again. Remove from the heat. Add 1/2 the shredded cheese to the skillet and stir to combine. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tortellini is soft and the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe can be made with cheese or spinach tortellini. My kids loved the over the top cheese factor of the cheese tortellini along with the melted mozzarella cheese. My personal preference was for the spinach tortellini in this dish.