EASY GARLIC ALFREDO TORTELLINI


EASY GARLIC ALFREDO TORTELLINI


INGREDIENTS:

1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated three cheese tortellini
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk, or more, as needed

1/2 cup half and half
2 ounces cream cheese, cubed

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook tortellini according to package instructions; drain well.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.

Gradually whisk in milk and half and half, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes.

Stir in cheeses until melted, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in tortellini and gently toss to combine.

Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

NOTES:

Half and half is equal parts of whole milk and cream. For 1 cup half and half, you can substitute 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup heavy cream or 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1/3 cup heavy cream.