Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bacon Tortellini 'n Cheese

1 pkg. (12 oz. about 3 cups) 3 cheese Tortellini
1 can (18 oz.) Progresso Recipe Starters Cheese Sauce
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup precooked bacon, crumbled
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 cup French fried onions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cook Tortellini according to package.  In a large sauce pan bring cheese sauce, milk and garlic to a boil stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Fold in bacon and cheese.  Bake 20 minutes.  Top with French fried onions.  Bake another 3-4 minutes allowing the onions to lightly brown.  Serves 6

Comment:  I found a recipe for Bacon Mac and Cheese on the can of Progresso Recipe Starter but did as I always do, made a few changes.  I used the Tortellini instead of penne pasta.  I used an Italian cheese blend instead of cheddar and eliminated the red bell pepper.  I also topped mine with the French fried onions instead of panko.  This dish turned out simply delicious.  You can make changes by using different flavors of tortellini, cheese and by adding broccoli or even spinach.  Think With Your Taste Buds and make this dish your own.
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