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Monday, January 20, 2014

Cheesy Tortellini

This was born out of necessity... well that and the fact that I was craving tortellini for some odd reason.  I took the cheese sauce recipe from one of my favorite Paula Deen dishes and added it to some pasta to make a wonderful combination of CHEESE!  In our house you can never, ever, ever have too much cheese!  With that thought in mind I remembered how amazing the Parmesan Crusted Steaks were so I made the "crust" and put it on top.  Everyone raved about how good this dish was and my neighbor said it was one of the best things he had ever eaten!!!  I served this with Pea Salad and Cheddar Biscuits and we are all beyond stuffed.

20 oz tortellini
2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups warm milk

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon dry mustard    

Dash hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

Dash Worcestershire sauce

2 cups grated Cheddar

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan                               

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Parm Crust
2 sticks butter
1 cup Panko
1 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 parsley
1/2 TBSP Kosher salt
1/2 TBSP cracked black pepper
1/2 TBSP fresh minced garlic
1/2 TBSP Wocestershire

Mix all of the ingredients together until blended.
Cook tortellini according to package directions.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and stir in the flour. 
Cook until smooth and bubbly, about 1 minute. 
Gradually add the warm milk and stir until combined.  
Stir in the seasonings and cheese.  
Constantly stir until cheese is smooth, thick and melted.
Pour tortellini and cheese sauce into a baking dish.
Sprinkle cheddar on top.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes after 10 minutes top with parm and then continue to bake!
Enjoy!!!

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