Take-out Tuesday, Asparagus Tortellini Alfredo

Last week HHjr said,

“Let’s have a pasta bake for dinner Tuesday,

I’m in the mood for some creamy tortellini…”

We take turns cooking,

and while he was busy getting his boys to baseball practice

and rock climbing after school,

I threw this together for supper

Only 6 ingredients,

2 cheeses, fresh asparagus, Italian sausage,

tortellini and Alfredo sauce

I did add a clove of fresh minced garlic to the sausage after it browned…

fresh garlic for the last minute of whatever you’re sauteing adds wonderful flavor

and makes your kitchen smell incredible

You will hear a lot of “what’s for dinner?

It sure smells good!”

My secret to perfect pasta is bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil, stir in the pasta, cover the pot and turn the burner off.  The pasta will cook perfectly as the burner cools and you can leave it alone while preparing other ingredients

The asparagus is simple to prepare too, just break off the ends, rinse and wrap in a towel.  Microwave for 2 minutes, unwrap, and cut into bite size pieces

Grate the cheese and everything is ready to hop in the baking dish

Put the pasta, sausage and asparagus in a greased or sprayed deep dish casserole,

this one is a 3 quart

Add part of the cheese

Stir in Alfredo

I use Classico Light Creamy Alfredo

65% less fat and 55% less calories than other leading brands,

but you’d never know it

It’s a great sauce for white pizza or flatbread too

After mixing in the sauce, top with remaining grated cheese

and a sprinkle of Parmesan

Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly,

30-45 minutes if starting at room temperature

or 45-60 minutes if chilled

Asparagus Tortellini Alfredo

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 12-20 asparagus spears
  • 20 oz cheese tortellini {I used Rana refrigerated tortellini}
  • 1 T kosher salt {for pasta water}
  • 16 oz. mild Italian sausage
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 jar* 15 oz. Light Creamy Alfredo sauce {Classico}
  • 4 oz. Pecorino Romano grated
  • 2 oz. fine Parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add tortellini, stir, cover and turn burner off. Leave pot on burner while you prepare the asparagus and sausage.
  • Break tough ends off asparagus and rinse. Wrap in a kitchen towel and microwave for 2 minutes. Cut into bite size pieces
  • Cook and crumble sausage in a skillet over medium heat until evenly browned. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Drain on paper towels.
  • Spray a 2 quart casserole dish. Drain tortellini, and put in dish. Add sausage and asparagus. Stir in 3/4 of the Pecorino Romano cheese. Pour sauce over all and stir just to coat and cover everything. Sprinkle remaining cheese and Parmesan over all. Refrigerate at this point for baking later if desired.
  • Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly, 30-45 minutes if starting at room temperature or 45-60 minutes if chilled

Notes

*add additional 1/2 jar, {1 cup} sauce for an extra creamy dish
Keyword asparagus and sausage casserole, Asparagus Tortellini Alfredo, pasta casserole, tortellini

This can be prepared the day before baking if desired

leftovers reheat well in oven or microwave

Dinner’s Ready!

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Comments
25 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Asparagus Tortellini Alfredo”
  1. Jodi says:

    Oh that looks soooo divine! I’ve been depriving myself of pasta to lose weight. You really make me want some!! 🙂

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Oh yummy, Jenna!

  3. Michelle says:

    This looks delicious! I really like your pasta tip. 🙂

  4. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh my! I’m putting these ingredients on my grocery list for later this week! Sounds wonderful and I’m hungry for something different, haven’t had pasta like this in ages! Thank you Jenna! 😉

  5. I have never met a pasta dish that I didn’t love! This looks fabulous and I will definitely make this cheesy tortellini!

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Looks delicious!!
    Thanks for the tips and recipe. This looks so easy to put together. 😋

  7. Nancy says:

    Delish!

  8. Benita says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious! I didn’t acquire a taste for asparagus until about 8 months ago…I love it grilled and baked but am willing to give it a try this way! What a great recipe! Hugs!

  9. rawsonjl says:

    That looks so delicious!

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    Looks so good! I love the Alfredo sauce you mentioned. ❤️ My SIL gave use a big dish of cheese tortellini with veggies and chicken and a red sauce. More than we can eat, do you think it would freeze well? 😃

  11. As an asparagus fan, all I can say is YUM!

  12. Mary says:

    Looks delish Jenna! Your grands are such good eaters…I have a 19 year old nephew that will still only eat chicken nuggets and bread 🙂

  13. Miz Helen says:

    I love your addition of the asparagus to the tortellini alfredo, this is a great dish! Thanks for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a good week!
    Miz Helen

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