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

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

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

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

*add additional 1/2 jar, {1 cup} sauce for an extra creamy dish

 

 

 

 

This can be prepared the day before baking if desired

leftovers reheat well in oven or microwave

 

 

 

 

Dinner’s Ready!

for another printable version of Asparagus Tortellini Alfredo click here

 

🐇 🌷 🐇 🌷 🐇

 

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

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!! 🙂

    Like

  2. Michelle says:

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

    Like

  3. 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! 😉

    Like

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

    Like

  5. pattyanneart says:

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

    Like

  6. 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!

    Like

  7. rawsonjl says:

    That looks so delicious!

    Like

  8. 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? 😃

    Like

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

    Like

  10. 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 🙂

    Like

  11. 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

    Like

I would love to hear from you!!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Follow The Painted Apron on WordPress.com
%d bloggers like this: