This is a super quick and delicious recipe. Not low in fat but high in flavor. Fresh cheese-filled tortellini combined with cubed ham, onion and green peas in a rich, cream sauce. Serve with garlic bread and a salad. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and ham and saute for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

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  • Pour in the half-and-half and the cheese, stirring frequently, until the sauce starts to thicken and bubble. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook to desired doneness, or according to package directions. Add the peas to the boiling tortellini in the final minute of cooking. Drain all from the water and toss with the ham and sauce mixture.

Nutrition Facts

583 calories; protein 27g; carbohydrates 33.6g; fat 38.7g; cholesterol 132.6mg; sodium 1168.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2006
I'm curious...why does a recipe get a horrible review and things like "I want to light it on fire" when most likely it was human error that may have caused the problem? I see a lot of good recipes and try them out and have usually good results based on the experiences of others. There seems to be a lot of super rated recipes that have one or two bad reviews and it always is to the extreme. I appreciate honest reviews, but perhaps if one person's attempt fails, make an accurate account of what may have happened rather than blame the recipe or make comments on how you went about disposing of the evidence. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2007
This dish was not to my taste. Four cups of half & half seemed like a lot maybe I didn't let it thicken for long enough. We were left with ham-flavored half & half soup! Read More
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97 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2006
I'm curious...why does a recipe get a horrible review and things like "I want to light it on fire" when most likely it was human error that may have caused the problem? I see a lot of good recipes and try them out and have usually good results based on the experiences of others. There seems to be a lot of super rated recipes that have one or two bad reviews and it always is to the extreme. I appreciate honest reviews, but perhaps if one person's attempt fails, make an accurate account of what may have happened rather than blame the recipe or make comments on how you went about disposing of the evidence. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2003
This is a great recipe except I added fresh minced garlic. I highly recomend trying this one. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2012
I don't review often because most people hit the nail on the head with these receipes. I just felt this one had been given bad reviews that it didn't deserve. For a busy mother of two on a tight schedule, this receipe is WONDERFUL!!! You do need to be careful on your ingredient choices though. 1) Half-and Half takes FOREVER to thicken. I use heavy cream and cut the amount in 1/2. 2) Fake shaker style parm will separate. It's a bit more expensive, but look for the real grated or shaved parmesan... your results will be much much better. 3) Temperature is everything with this dish. If you have the temp too high when making your sauce it will separate or not thicken properly.. Be patient!! Otherwise a wonderful dish that the family loves! (I also added a bit of garlic to the onion ham mixture for taste.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2007
Awesome recipe. The kids loved it and it is soooo easy to make. I scored major points with the wife. Absolutely Fan-TAS-tic. However you may need to add a water flour mix to thicken. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2007
This dish was not to my taste. Four cups of half & half seemed like a lot maybe I didn't let it thicken for long enough. We were left with ham-flavored half & half soup! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2006
very very nice. my husband isnt a big fan of cream-sauce pasta's, but when i served this his eyes went wide like a little child and he asked if there was any left. only differance, i added a good handful of sliced mushrooms and a clove of minced garlic. yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2006
Fantastic! I have used this recipe several times now w/ great results. I did try it w/ fat free half & half & it ended up separating -- I would recommend sticking w/ the recipe!! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2003
I added garlic like someone else suggested and doubled the ham so that it didn't need salt. The extra ham (honey cured) gave it a nice smoky flavor. I also used farfalle since I'm not crazy about tortellini. I sprinkled some extra shaved parmesan on top and it was wonderful. I made this for my sister's birthday and she was surprised at how easy it was considering it was so yummy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2010
We did like this recipe very easy. I did change this up a bit based on other comments. I used 1/2 of the half and half due to others commenting on this runny. I added in more as it thickened up. I also used pancetta instead of ham due to our preference. Read More
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