Tortellini with Bacon, Greens, and Brown Butter

"Tortellini with Bacon, Greens, and Brown Butter"Recipe
Photo: Quentin Bacon


Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 404
Caloriesfromfat 53 %
Fat 24 g
Satfat 15 g
Cholesterol 72 mg
Sodium 406 mg
Carbohydrate 36 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 12 g


1 pound cheese or meat tortellini
4 ounces sliced bacon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups arugula (about 1 bunch)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Cook the tortellini according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Reserve the bacon and discard the drippings.

Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Add the butter and melt, swirling or stirring with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. Remove the butter from the heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute.

Break the bacon into small pieces and add to skillet with the arugula, salt, pepper, and cooked tortellini. Toss well and divide among individual bowls.

Tip: If you can't find arugula, try this dish with spinach, basil, or watercress.