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Bacon Ranch Tortellini

This bacon ranch tortellini recipe is creamy, comforting, easy to make, and fast! Great for a weeknight treat.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon ranch tortellini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 746kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 strips bacon cut into small pieces
  • 2 (9 ounce) packages refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 block of Philly) softened

Instructions

  • Ensure the cream cheese is very soft (take it out of the fridge 1+ hour prior to making the recipe or microwave it for 20-30 seconds).
  • Boil a large, salted pot of water for the tortellini. Start cooking the tortellini once the bacon is done (tortellini cooks fast).
  • Meanwhile, cut the bacon into small pieces (I use kitchen shears to make it easy). Fry it in a skillet over medium-high heat until crispy (about 10 minutes).
  • Take the pan off the heat and remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain most of the bacon fat from the pan (keep about 1 tablespoon in there).
  • Return the pan to the burner (medium heat). Stir in the chicken broth and ranch seasoning and whisk until it's dissolved, then stir in the cream and cream cheese. Keep stirring until you've got a smooth sauce and it's thickened up a bit (about 5 minutes). It's not a super thick sauce, but it will thicken even more as it cools.
  • Take the pan off the heat and toss with the drained tortellini and bacon, then serve immediately.

Notes

  • Ranch seasoning and bacon are both quite salty, so be mindful of adding extra salt to this recipe. Try making your own homemade ranch seasoning to lower the salt content if needed.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 746kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1263mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 831IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 4mg