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Spring Tortellini with Cream Sauce
and pancetta / asparagus / peas

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
The fresh flavors of spring really shine in this quick pasta with a creamy sauce. A version of this recipe was first featured in April 2016.


Spring Tortellini with Cream Sauce:
  • Cheese, parmesan - 2 oz , grated
  • Shallots - 2 cloves , diced
  • Pancetta - 4 oz , chopped (look for pre-chopped)
  • Garlic - 1 clove , chopped
  • Asparagus - 3/4 lb , chopped into 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Peas, frozen or fresh - 1 cup
  • Pasta, tortellini - 12 oz (sub any fun pasta shape)
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Coleslaw mix - 5 oz (sub shredded cabbage)
  • Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
  • Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Heavy cream - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon zest - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp


  1. Cheese / Shallots / Pancetta / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store cheese in one container. Combine pancetta and shallots in another 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, heat in the microwave or run under warm water to defrost.

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  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 coleslaw mix with some salt and saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add pancetta and shallots and continue cooking until pancetta begins to brown and shallots are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add peas, garlic and Italian seasoning and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  5. Sprinkle flour evenly over pancetta mixture and stir to coat, about 30 seconds. While stirring, slowly add the stock and then the heavy cream. Continue stirring and bring to a low simmer (reduce heat if needed to prevent sauce from reaching a hard boil). Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Taste and season with additional salt, if needed.
  6. Combine sauce with pasta and asparagus. Top with lemon zest, black pepper and cheese. Enjoy!



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