20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara


Simple, elegant and quick cooking, this 20 minute tortellini pasta carbonara is the answer to your weeknight dinner prayers!  Easy and family friendly!


Weeknight dinners can be a hassle, but with this ultra quick tortellini pasta carbonara you can have a fresh, wholesome dinner that the whole family will love!

20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara | Cheese tortellini pasta is coated in a rich carbonara sauce, sprinkled with bacon and Parmesan cheese. It's the perfect weeknight dinner! | http://thechunkychef.com

I’m not sure what dinner time is like at your house, but I know around here, it can be pretty hectic.  My husband’s job isn’t a regular 9-5 schedule… which means he could be coming home anywhere from 4-7pm, with usually just a text as he’s leaving, which gives me a 30 minute window.  Add to that the two young children and various after school activities/homework and you’ve got yourself one heck of a crazy time!

20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara | Cheese tortellini pasta is coated in a rich carbonara sauce, sprinkled with bacon and Parmesan cheese. It's the perfect weeknight dinner! | http://thechunkychef.com

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That’s where I turn to trusted brands like Buitoni.  Their freshly made filled pastas are so convenient and make it really easy to create a dinner that everyone will enjoy.  Our favorite is the versatile three cheese tortellini, but they have a large variety of other options as well!  The fresh, flavorful pastas allow you to maximize your time and get you closer to serving a meal you can definitely be proud of to your family 🙂

20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara | Cheese tortellini pasta is coated in a rich carbonara sauce, sprinkled with bacon and Parmesan cheese. It's the perfect weeknight dinner! | http://thechunkychef.com

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one of my family’s favorites… a pasta carbonara.  Usually carbonara is done with a long cut of pasta, like spaghetti.  But I wanted to really maximize the cheese factor, and what better way than to serve the rich cheese sauce over a three cheese tortellini!

20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara | Cheese tortellini pasta is coated in a rich carbonara sauce, sprinkled with bacon and Parmesan cheese. It's the perfect weeknight dinner! | http://thechunkychef.com

Have you ever had pasta carbonara?  It’s such a classic dish… but it does have the tendency to freak people out.  There are raw eggs in the sauce.  Granted, the sauce is tossed around in a warm pan, and that heat allows the egg to cook (but not scramble!)… but if you’re REALLY worried about it, pick up a package of pasteurized eggs and you’ll be good to go!

The sauce itself is really simple, with the whole recipe’s ingredients list topping out at 6, and that’s including the pasta, which is pretty much a given ingredient for a pasta recipe.

20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara | Cheese tortellini pasta is coated in a rich carbonara sauce, sprinkled with bacon and Parmesan cheese. It's the perfect weeknight dinner! | http://thechunkychef.com

If you really wanted to bump up the flavor profiles here, pick up a container of Buitoni’s pesto with basil and add a dollop on the top of your pasta.  If you want to make this meal vegetarian, swap out the bacon for your favorite veggie, maybe sun-dried tomatoes or even asparagus!  Oooooh, note to self, definitely make this with asparagus next time!

So the next time you’re worried about how to get a delicious meal on the table during a hectic dinner time, grab a package of Buitoni’s no GMO freshly made pasta (from the refrigerated section) and whip up this mouthwatering 20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara!

20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara | Cheese tortellini pasta is coated in a rich carbonara sauce, sprinkled with bacon and Parmesan cheese. It's the perfect weeknight dinner! | http://thechunkychef.com

This pasta would be perfect with a crusty, no-knead bread and a salad drizzled with a homemade shallot vinaigrette!

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4.8 from 5 votes
6 servings
Easy 20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Simple, elegant and quick cooking, this 20 minute tortellini pasta carbonara is the answer to your weeknight dinner prayers! Easy and family friendly!

Calories: 590 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 20 oz family style package of Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini fresh
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature use pasteurized if concerned
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped optional garnish
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped optional garnish
  • salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil.  While water is heating up, add eggs and Parmesan cheese to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

  2. Add diced bacon to a large skillet and heat over MED to MED-HIGH heat.  Cook until crispy, about 5-6 minutes.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate, reserving the grease in the pan.

  3. Salt boiling water, then add tortellini pasta.  Boil according to package directions.  Ladle out about a cup of the pasta water to a small bowl, then drain pasta.

  4. Add shallot and garlic to bacon drippings in skillet.  Cook about 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently so they don't burn.

  5. Working quickly, pour about 2 Tbsp of hot pasta water into the egg mixture, whisking very quickly as you pour.  This tempers the eggs so they won't scramble when you add them to the pasta later.

  6. Turn off heat to the skillet.  Add drained pasta to the skillet, then, working very quickly, add in the tempered egg and cheese mixture a little at a time, tossing to combine as you add in a little more.  Pour in reserved pasta water, a tablespoon or so at a time, as you toss, until sauce reaches a consistency you like.

  7. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with cooked bacon pieces and toss one more time.

  8. Serve hot with additional Parmesan cheese, parsley and basil if desired.

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20 comments on “20 Minute Tortellini Pasta Carbonara”

  1. Mmmmm yes please! This looks amazing!

  2. Glad I’m not the only one with a crazy schedule! Ready to enjoy this recipe!

  3. Dinner time is always crazy in our house, too, and I love having quick recipes to whip up for that reason. We’re definitely gonna add this one into our routine because YUM.

  4. Dinnertime is hectic here, too, so this is THE perfect meal for busy nights. My family loves tortellini!

  5. Carbonara is our favorite pasta dish! I am loving this tortellini version! Pinned!

  6. Such a family friendly meal! I know mine would gobble this up! It looks incredible.

  7. Wow! This is stunning! I love Buitoni, and love the additions you added to jazz things up!

  8. I love the twist on the traditional dish. I have some tortellini in the fridge right now!

  9. I feel compassion for you. I have to look after a 9-month-year-old baby and everyday crazy schedule makes me totally crazy. Thanks for your 20-minute– pasta. I would try 🙂

  10. This recipe looks so good but it’s very hard to read. Can you put this recipe up so it’s easy to read please.

  11. Made this tonight. Delicious! I am going to try another Buitoini pasta next time.

  12. I made this last night and it was AMAZING! This is a repeat for sure!

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  14. This was amazing. I used only two eggs and it still was so tasty. Thank you.

  15. Hi Amanda. I like to fix pasta dishes for family and this will fit the bill perfectly. Question for you. I would like to replace the bacon as suggested with the asparagus. Would you grill the asparagus and add after cooking the dish?

    • Hi JoAnn 🙂 I would slice the asparagus into 2 inch pieces and saute them in a bit of olive oil or butter instead of cooking the bacon in step 2, removing them to a plate once cooked until tender. In step 4, since there won’t be any bacon drippings, add a tablespoon or so of butter or olive oil. I hope you and your family love it!!

  16. Thank you. I appreciate your help. 

  17. This recipe is awesome!!! So flavorful and easy. I added canned mushrooms to the dish. Thanks for the quick recipe which presents like one slaved over for hours! 😉

  18. Love! This recipe is quick, easy and yummy. My entire family loved it. Best compliment I received from my son “Best ever gourmet pasta”. Thank you!