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Creamy Tortellini Alfredo in a stainless steal pan

Creamy Tortellini Alfredo

This Creamy Tortellini Alfredo is thick, cheesy, and with a touch of heat. You'll love the smooth texture and delicious flavors of this easy recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 422kcal
Author Dina


  • 18 ounces refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped


  • Fill a stockpot with water and let it come to a boil. Then generously salt it and add 18-20 ounces of cheese tortellini. Cook for about 3 minute
  • In the meantime, melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Then stir in 1 ounce of cream cheese using a whisk.
  • Once the cream cheese is melted, add 2 minced garlic cloves. Stir for about 15 seconds.
  • Then pour in 2 cups of heavy whipping cream. Let the cream come to a simmer, then remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan.
  • Season with salt and paper to taste. Lastly, add in 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley.


Substitutions and Add-ins
  • Add some meat- Sausage, shrimp, meatballs, or bacon would add great savory flavors to this tortellini alfredo.
  • Try flavored cream cheese- Go one step further by substituting chive & onion, garden vegetables, or spicy jalapeno cream cheese for the plain version here.
  • Add extra flavor with toppings- Top your plates with some roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, fried onions, or extra Parmesan cheese shavings.
  • Add vegetables- Spinach, broccoli, sundried tomatoes, and mushrooms would all be delicious choices.
  • Make it lighter- For a slightly lighter version that still has a creamy texture, substitute Half & Half (regular or fat-free) for the heavy cream.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 556IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 2mg