It's no secret that Italian food is a classic. I love how filling the food is, how delicious and usually simplistic the dishes are. I've made some great recipes with a homemade alfredo sauce and recently made a Tortellini Alfredo that was absolutely delicious. I'm so happy to share this one with you!
In making my recipe I tried several that I found online and there were a few tricks and hacks I learned along to way
- If your alfredo is made out of cream cheese, you are doing alfredo wrong
- Use a blend of italian cheeses for the best success
- Not all parmesan is created equal (my first batch didn’t melt well and seized up)
- Making a roux first is the easiest way to thicken up a sauce
- To thin a sauce, use some pasta water (it contains starch and salt and will have a beautiful effect on the sauce over regular water)
- Use freshly ground black pepper for the best taste
- Use a microplane to prepare your garlic
I used store bought tortellini to save on time, but if you are adventurous and want to make your own, go for it! This sauce will work with either store bought or homemade sauce. Out of tortellini? That's fine because this sauce can be used with many other types of pasta. My favorites are fettuccine or linguine, but bowties are a favorite too!
I love making alfredo dishes! From a classic Fettuccine Alfredo, to Chicken Alfredo or Broccoli Alfredo this dish is versatile and customizable to your tastes. The best part about this sauce is how well it clings to the pasta. It’s a sauce made for indulgence. I found myself taking bread to sop up the rest of the sauce from the bowl. I made a double batch of sauce when making this recipe and truth be told, I could have eaten in all right away. Thankfully I had some self control and portioned the rest out for lunches and meals throughout the week. And yes, speaking from personal experience this alfredo sauce freezes well.
Make it a meal
- Pasta Bolognese
- Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo
- Broccoli Alfredo
- Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
- Fettuccine Alfredo
- Chicken Bacon Carbonara
- See Other Dinner Ideas
- ½ Cup Butter
- 1 ½ Cups half and half
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 2 Cups Italian Cheese Blend
- Pasta Cooking Water as needed
- 16 Oz Tortellini
- Melt butter in a large pan on medium-high heat.
- While butter is melting, cook tortellini per package instructions. Reserve some pasta water for sauce.
- Stir in half and half and whisk to fully incorporate. If it is too thick, add pasta water as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add in the garlic.
- Bring to a simmer and mix in italian cheese blend. Stir until cheese is fully incorporated.
- Combine tortellini with sauce, serve and enjoy!
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