I am guilty of turning to a package of fettuccini and a tasty jar of alfredo sauce as a super simple go-to meal. If we’re lucky I may pair it with a grilled chicken breast, if they are on sale. But, do you want to know a secret? Alfredo sauce doesn’t always have to buddy up with fettuccini pasta and chicken. It can be friends with just about anybody! Introduce your alfredo sauce to some cheese tortellini, peas, and ham for a party your mouth will never forget! Don’t you love how corny that was? I made it up myself.
I love this recipe because it is so simple to put together and yet it tastes so good!
Tortellini Alfredo with Peas and Ham
- 1/4 lb turkey ham
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (19 oz) bag frozen cheese tortellini
- 1 (1 lb) bag frozen peas
- 1 (14.5 oz) jar Alfredo sauce
Cut the ham into bite-sized cubes and mince the garlic. Drizzle a little olive oil into a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ham to the skillet and cook until the ham has browned all over. While the ham and garlic are cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. When the water is boiling, pour in the tortellini and cook for a few minutes, until a few begin to float to the surface. Pour in your bag of peas and continue to cook until all of the pasta is floating at the top. Drain the peas and tortellini into a colander then pour into your serving dish. Pour the alfredo sauce on top as well as some freshly cracked pepper. Gently stir together until well combined. Add the ham and garlic to the bowl and fold into the mix. Serve topped with parmesan cheese.
Here are the cast of characters for this easy and delicious bowl of happiness. Look at that! Five ingredients… oh happy day. The turkey ham that I have in this photo is one pound, but I cut it into fourths and put the other three portions into the freezer for a rainy day. Oh, you’ve never heard of turkey ham? I completely understand if you use a regular ham for this recipe. I do not eat pork so I have been creative in reworking a lot of my favorite recipes.
Cut your ham into bite-sized cubes and mince the garlic. Cook together with a little bit of olive oil in a skillet until the ham is browned. I kept sneaking bites out of the skillet while the pasta was cooking!
Bring a pot of water to a boil, throw in your tortellini, and allow it took for a few minutes. When the tortellini starts to float to the top, you are ready to pour in the bag of peas.