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Brown Butter Bacon Tortellini

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Cheese tortellini with bacon, asparagus, Parmesan cheese, and the most luxurious brown butter sauce. This simple pasta dish is a weeknight favorite!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: tortellini
Servings: 6
Calories: 477kcal


  • 1 pound cheese tortellini
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 3/4 pound asparagus, remove tough ends and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup freshly chopped basil
  • Crushed red pepper flakes and extra Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the tortellini and cook according to package instructions. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking water, then drain the pasta and set it aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, stirring often, until it foams, smells nutty, and browns. This will take about 5 minutes. Scrape the browned butter into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add the chopped bacon to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Add the asparagus pieces and shallot; cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the bacon to be golden brown and crispy and the asparagus to be crisp, but tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add the cooked tortellini to the skillet. Pour in the browned butter and stir until the pasta is well coated. Add a splash of the reserved pasta water. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and basil. Add more salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Serve warm and garnish crushed red pepper flakes and extra Parmesan cheese.


Store the leftover tortellini in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
Feel free to swap the asparagus for your favorite veggies. 


Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 922IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 3mg