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Tortellini With Mushroom Carbonara Sauce


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  • 1 pound purchased fresh tortellini
  • 12 bacon slices coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese


Servings 6


Step 1

Cook tortellini in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

Sauté bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and brown. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons drippings from skillet.

Add mushrooms, onions, garlic, and sage to skillet. Sauté over medium-high heat until mushrooms are tender, about 8 minutes. Add 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid to skillet. Bring to boil over medium-high heat.

Whisk egg yolks and cream in small bowl to blend. Add cream mixture, tortellini, and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese to mushroom mixture. Toss until sauce thickens and coats tortellini, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls to thin sauce, if desired, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer pasta to serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.

This recipe yields 6 main-course servings.

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