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This Broccoli Tortellini Alfredo is rich and creamy and comes together in less than 15 minutes! It’s a great lunch or dinner for when you need to get a complete meal on the table in a hurry.
Broccoli Tortellini Alfredo is one of my favorite go-to meals. My kids love it and I love that it is incredibly easy to make. It literally takes just minutes from start to finish and dinner is on the table. It’s a complete meal in itself with all the cheesy goodness of the tortellini and you get a good shot of veggies from the broccoli.
If you’ve never made Alfredo Sauce, it can seem intimidating. But the reality is it is truly one of the easiest sauces to make. It’s all about timing. There are only 4 ingredients – butter, heavy cream, garlic and Parmesan cheese. The butter is melted slowly over a medium-low heat, then the garlic is stirred in the cook and add flavor. Careful to only cook the garlic for 30 seconds or so before adding the cream – the garlic can burn fast and it will ruin the whole sauce. The cream is whisked in with the butter until it’s combined and starts to gently simmer. No boiling here – you’ll be adding the cheese soon and if it’s too hot the sauce will break (divide the fat and protein) and that’s not tasty. Finally remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the Parmesan Cheese until it’s completely melted.
While the sauce is cooking, you’ll want to boil a large pot of salted water. I buy my Tortellini in the big 20 ounce packs from Costco, but you can use two of the 9-ounce packages from the grocery store too. You’ll want to follow the package instructions to see how long to cook the tortellini, but the Costco one only takes 2 minutes so I add the tortellini and broccoli at the same time. The broccoli only need about 2 minutes, so manage that time accordingly.
Finally, add the tortellini and broccoli to the Alfredo sauce. It will thicken a little as it sits with the added starch from the pasta. This recipe makes just enough to coat the tortellini and broccoli, but you could make a little more sauce if you want it on the saucier side.
My family just gobbles this Broccoli Tortellini Alfredo up, and they always ask for seconds. It can easily be a complete meal, or you could add some chicken or shrimp for something a little heartier. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!