Heirloom Tomato & Bacon Tortellini Pasta

I hope you all have had a nice weekend!  It’s Sunday night here and we are getting ready for the week ahead.  We have work, camps, a swim meet, swim practice, and a pool party to look forward to on Friday.  With the official start of Summer beginning a few days ago, I have the best, simplest, most delicious dinner for you to make – Heirloom Tomato & Bacon Tortellini Pasta!  This dish comes together super quick, is packed with flavor (thank you, bacon) and is both comforting and refreshing.  I promise it will quickly become a summer staple in your home.

What is it about heirloom tomatoes that make them taste 1,000,000 times better than your average tomato???  Combine that flavor with the saltiness of the bacon, garlic butter sauteed zucchini, tortellini and a sauce made from ricotta cheese and pasta water and you have yourself one delicious dinner.  Don’t forget that this is on your plate in under 30 minutes with minimal dishes to clean up, because let’s face it the dishes are half of the cooking battle when you’re leading a busy life.

I would love to hear from you in the comments or follow me on instagram.  What are you summer plans?  I’m having a baby girl at the beginning of August, so mine mainly consists of trying to keep up with my two boys and trying to survive the North Carolina heat until August!

 

Heirloom Tomato & Bacon Tortellini Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Heirloom Tomato & Bacon Tortellini Pasta - A quick, fresh and easy summertime meal.  Ready in under 30 minutes.  Bright heirloom tomatoes, salty bacon and creamy tortellini pasta - this will quickly become your new go to weeknight meal.  Enjoy!

Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1/2 package of bacon
  • 1 20 oz package tortellini
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 package grape or cherry heirloom tomatoes, sliced into thirds or quarters (I used 12 oz or about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 cup pasta water (reserve before draining the tortellini)
  • parmesean cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon according to package instructions and set aside to drain on paper towels once cooked.

  2. While the bacon cooks, boil the pasta water and cook the tortellini according to the package instructions – approximately 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the tortellini, you want them to have a little “bite” to them. Also be sure to reserve one cup of the cooking water prior to draining the tortellini. This will be used to make the sauce.

  3. While the tortellini cooks, melt the butter in a saute pan and add the garlic for a few seconds followed by the zucchini. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

  4. Mix the ricotta cheese with salt and pepper to taste, next add 1/2 cup of the pasta water at a time. Depending on how thin you want your sauce to be, you may want to add only 1/2 cup of pasta water or you may want to add the entire cup.

  5. Pour the ricotta sauce over the tortellini. It’s okay if the sauce doesn’t look smooth – it will be delicious. Top with crumbled bacon, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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