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Spring Tortellini with Cream Sauce
and pancetta / asparagus / peas

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
The fresh flavors of early spring from asparagus and peas really shine in this classic creamy tortellini with a bit of pancetta for extra flavor.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Spring Tortellini with Cream Sauce:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Pancetta (look for pre-chopped pancetta) - 4 oz, chopped
  • Asparagus - 3/4 lb, chopped into 1" / 2.5cm pieces
  • Sweet peas, frozen or fresh - 1 cup
  • Pasta, tortellini - 3/4 lb
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Italian seasonings - 1/2 tsp
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 3/4 cup
  • Heavy cream - 1/2 cup
  • Lemons - 1/2, juice of
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Garlic / Shallots / Pancetta - Prep as directed. Combine pancetta and shallots in one container. Keep garlic separate. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Asparagus - Chop into 1" / 2.5cm pieces.
  3. Peas - If using frozen peas, run under warm water to defrost.

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Make

  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook according to package directions. In the last 3 minutes of cooking add asparagus. Continue cooking until both pasta and asparagus are al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add butter. Once butter melts, add pancetta and shallots and saute until pancetta is golden brown and crisp and shallots are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add peas, garlic and Italian seasonings and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  3. Sprinkle flour evenly over pancetta and peas and saute to coat, about 30 seconds. While stirring, slowly add the stock and then the heavy cream. Continue stirring and bring to a low simmer (increase heat if needed). Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Taste and season with additional salt, if needed. Turn off the heat.
  4. Pour cream sauce over pasta and asparagus. Toss to combine. Top the pasta with lemon juice and fresh cracked black pepper. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (280)
Gluten-free (13)
Paleo (14)
Vegetarian (46)

94 reviews

This was good. Didn't have Pancetta so just cooked some bacon for the meat eater to throw on top. Nice and simple, great for a quick weeknight dinner. 4 year old ate it and baby shoved it all in his face (he eats everything). Next time might add mushroom or tuna. Will make again

By: Ila
Posted: May 30, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I replaced the tortellini with cauliflower gnochi, since we had some in the freezer. It worked well, and the meal was loved by even our picky eater. Might add some diced chicken next time.

By: Katrina
Posted: May 27, 2022
Diet: Original
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Delicious!

By: Jennifer
Posted: May 27, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Easy to put together. Family loved the flavor.

By: J
Posted: May 26, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Quick prep and cook time. This might become a staple. Glad to fit more green into our diets.

By: Jeremy
Posted: Jul 27, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Couldn't find pancetta at the grocery store, but found diced him instead and it worked great with the recipe! Delicious!

By: Caitlin
Posted: May 12, 2020
Diet: Original
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