Tomato and Bacon Tortellini

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Prep Time 25 MIN

Cook Time 0 MIN

Serves 5

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Aylmer® Accents® Cracked Black Pepper & Roasted Garlic Petit Cut Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Hunt's® Original Tomato Sauce
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pkg (16 oz each) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup chive and onion soft cream cheese spread
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • Cracked black pepper, optional

Seasoned tomatoes, peas and bacon combined with cheese tortellini in a creamy sauce

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, drain and discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings. Add garlic to drippings; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  2. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce and water; stir. Bring to a boil over high heat; stir in tortellini. Return to a boil; cover and simmer over medium-low heat 6 minutes or until tortellini is tender, stirring gently after 3 minutes.
  3. Add cream cheese; stir until completely melted. Stir in bacon and peas. Return to a boil; simmer 2 minutes. Sprinkle liberally with pepper, if desired.

Chef's Tip:

While any bacon will work in this recipe, smoky thick-sliced bacon produces the best results. To substitute ham for the bacon, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil and add 1 cup diced ham with the tomatoes, tomato sauce and water. Recipe may be prepared with refrigerated tortellini in place of frozen. Use a 20-oz package and increase water to 1-1/4 cups.