Firstly, let me start by saying how much I LOVED this dish. And in noooo way is it even remotely healthy, which seems to be the case with all of my favourite recipes. I made it last night, after B begged me to. Here's the background story:
We went over to Mum and Dad's for dinner the other night, and Mum sent Hubby home with some leftovers from the night before. Knowing Brendan's appetite, she knows that one dinner does not cut the mustard for B. He usually has 3 actually. One when he gets home from work late in the afternoon, one at normal dinner time, and then a late dinner before bed. I know what you're thinking. YES, our grocery bill is huge. YES, I get over cooking. YES, I wish he'd stop. YES, I wish I had his metabolism!
So anyway, we went home, decided to watch a movie in bed, and of course, B heated up the leftovers. I was pretty full so I didn't want any. And then the sounds of joy started filling the room. 'Mmmmm omg Mama did good on this one baby, you have to try'.
Me: No thanks, I'm super full.
'Mmmmmmmmm oh yeah, this is best... Mmmmm yum... mmmmmm'
You get the idea! Lol.
So finally, he made me take one bite. Yep, he was right. Delish. Really delish.
Straight away he started pleading with me to get the recipe off Mum, and make it asap. So the very next day, I did. To be honest part of me was a little bit nervous with all the pressure! That tortellini was going to be a tough act to follow!
Luckily, Mum remembered the exact recipe, and told me just what needed to be done. Cheers Jenny!
So here it is... I hope you love it as much as we did!
Ps - if you watched me cook this on instagram, I doubled the recipe below.
Firstly, in a deep pan, fry the chopped bacon and garlic (I like it to be a little bit crispy). I cooked this in a dollop of butter (this is not the butter already mentioned in the recipe). It's up to you what you cook the bacon in, either butter, oil, or nothing if you have a non stick pan.
Once the bacon is cooked to your liking, add the butter and flour. I used a whisk to mix it all together and I cooked it for about 3-5 minutes. It will bubble and foam, that's normal. Just keep lightly stirring it all around. This is where I added some salt and pepper too.
(At this point I cooked the tortellini. Once it's done, just drain it and reserve about half a cup of water from the boiled pasta. Set aside the pasta and pasta water).
Now add the chicken stock, and mix that in until it's all combined.
Next add the milk (any is fine, skim, full cream, etc) and stir constantly.
I let this simmer away for about 5-10 minutes (sorry I'm not more specific, I just do what feels right!) And be sure to give it a stir every minute or so.
Towards the end I added a good handful of grated parmesan cheese and stirred that into the sauce. (Leave some for serving).
Let it simmer for another minute or 2, stirring every now and then.
Now add the tortellini to the sauce, and toss it through until covered well. While you're doing this, add that reserved pasta water from earlier, just to thin the sauce a little and make it all come together nicely.
Now serve with the remaining grated parmesan and even a bit of flat leaf parsley if you're feelin it, and you're all done.
Ps - don't forget to tag me in your pics, I just love to see them!