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Tortellini Mac and Cheesy

Written by Emily Buys

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Tortellini Mac & Cheesy

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. While I love to curl up by a warm fire on a cold winter night, I certainly love something yummy to warm my belly. It has been awfully chilly the past couple of days! I don’t know about you, but aside from the cold, there may be extra stresses right now – and with stress my appetite changes. Life has thrown me for a loop or two in the past couple of weeks and I have noticed craving different types of foods. I haven’t been a big meat eater as of lately, and all I want is to dive into a bowl of something warm and creamy. Because I was starting to tire of soup, I thought why not a new macaroni and cheese recipe? So many variations on the dish – I’m sure I could come up with another way.

Barilla Tortellini

During a recent shopping trip to Safeway, I spotted Barilla Tortellini – a love of mine! I quite enjoy tortellini and I didn’t know that Barilla made a dry version of the tasty pasta so I was very excited to give it a try! Tortellini can make for a very tasty dish in no time at all, because a lot of the work and flavor has already been prepped! Not only that but Safeway and it’s affiliate stores have a current in-store promotion of  $.75 off the purchase of ONE (1) package of Barilla® Tortellini. Between the extra savings and endless meal possibilities I say it’s time to test out a new mac and cheese dish! Enter Tortellini Mac and Cheesy!

Barilla Tortellini

Cooking up different pasta varieties and changing up your cheeses can really make a difference in a mac and cheese recipe. It can be a whole new recipe every time you create it! I find that the combination of the three cheese tortellini (by Barilla) with strong cheeses such as Fontina and Dubliner, mixed into a white sauce, tastes very gourmet and delish. Each of the kids came back for seconds, which means a winning mac and cheese in my book. Plus, I like the name Tortellini Mac and Cheesy!

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Tortellini Mac and Cheesy

Tortellini Mac and Cheesy
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package Barilla Tortellini (cheese or spinach will work)
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Dubliner cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Chopped Thyme for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease a 1½ qt baking dish.
  2. Prepare tortellini according to package direction. Cooking should take about 11 minutes, which is when you can prepare the sauce.
  3. When tortellini is cooked, drain and pour into baking dish.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  5. Using a whisk, stir in flour until thick and bubbly. Continue to whisk while adding milk and Dijon. Continue to stir until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to allow mixture to stick to the bottom.
  6. To cream mixture, add shredded Fontina and Dubliner cheese. Stir in a figure-8 motion until all cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour sauce over tortellini and gently stir to combine. Sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano over the top and bake for 25 minutes. Cheese on top should slightly begin to turn golden.
  8. Garnish individual servings with thyme, or other fresh herbs, if desired.
Tortellini Mac and Cheesy

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