Tortellini Fake-Bake

The weather is a little chilly so the time is right for hot, creamy, stick to your ribs food.  We had some left over cheese stuffed tortellini in the freezer that I didn’t know what to do with. This is what I came up with and I am so glad it came together better than I expected.

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Ingredients

2 chicken breasts
salt
4 slices bacon
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup water
2 cups uncooked tortellini
pinch of cayenne or chipotle pepper just for depth of flavor (optional)
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Gather the ingredients.

Cube chicken into bite sized pieces and season liberally with salt.

Cook chicken over medium high heat until cooked through. Then remove from pan and set aside.

Cook bacon in same pan.

Remove cooked bacon from the pan and set aside with chicken.

In the same pan with the bacon drippings, add the butter and allow to melt. Turn the temperature down a bit.

Add the flour to the butter and whisk to combine until smooth. Cook, whisking often until the raw taste has cooked out of the flour and there is a nutty aroma.

Slowly whisk in the milk.

Add the water to the milk mixture and turn up the heat.

When the milk mixture comes to a simmer, add the tortellini, chicken and bacon. Add the pinch of cayenne now to bring out the bacon flavor, if desired.

Cook until sauce has thickened and tortellini is cooked through.

Serve piping hot and enjoy.

Left overs can be reheated in a skillet over low heat with a splash of milk to loosen things up.

This is what I got to enjoy while eating. My baby pouting because I didn’t make an extra slice of bacon for him. He is on a diet and still trying to lose those last two pounds, so no bacon for him. How sad he looks and then he gets extra attention later because I feel guilty. His is a genius!

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