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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Baked Cheese Tortellini

This is a great holiday side dish. My sister Myla and I have prepared this with roast turkey and ham. It would also make a great dinner by adding some cooked chicken and serving with a nice salad and crusty Italian bread.

Baked Cheese Tortellini
1 lb. cooked cheese tortellini
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 tbsp. fresh Parmesan, grated
2 tbsp. fresh Italian Flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Gradually whisk in milk. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and just begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 of the cheddar cheese and the grated Parmesan. Stir in tortellini and parsley. Transfer to a shallow baking dish. Combine remaining cheddar with bread crumbs. Sprinkle mixture on top. Bake until topping is golden brown at 350 about 30 to 35 minutes.

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