Tortellini Bake with Bacon Chicken and Asiago Cream Sauce
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Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 22 ounce frozen bag of 365 (whole Foods Brand) organic cheese tortellini (or other favorite brand)
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 6-8 bacon slices
  • 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat (can substitute with olive oil or butter)
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup chicken stock
  • 3½ cups of freshly grated asiago cheese
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Split chicken breast lengthwise, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder coating each side of the breast
  3. Grill chicken on grill or grill pan (I use my Breville Panini Grill)
  4. Chop chicken into medium bite sized pieces
  5. In large stock pot boil and salt water for tortellini and cook until al dente
  6. Cut bacon into small bite sized pieces and cook until crispy in medium sized pan
  7. Remove bacon from pan setting aside on paper towel
  8. Sauté garlic in the remaining 2 tablespoons bacon fat for about 1 minute on low heat, being careful not to burn the garlic
  9. Add the heavy cream and chicken stock bringing to a simmer
  10. Turn heat very low and slowly add 2½ cups asiago cheese, parsley, pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  11. Stir until cheese is melted
  12. Combine the chicken, asiago cream sauce and tortellini and then transfer to a 9x9 baking dish or similar size
  13. Top with remaining 1 cup of asiago cheese
  14. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until sides are bubbling and hot and cheese is melted all over
  15. Once removed from the oven top with crispy bacon and serve!
Recipe by Whisking Mama at http://www.whiskingmama.com/tortellini-bake-with-bacon-chicken-and-asiago-cream-sauce/