Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

I have been a fan of alfredo sauce ever since I can remember. I still remember my mother taking me to Olive Garden for the very first time when I was a teenager. Both of us had an instant infatuation with the alfredo dishes there. We both ordered Seafood Alfredo (which I even have a copycat version of that recipe right here on The Mrs) – and loved the sauce so much that we even started ordering it as a side to dip our breadsticks in.

It’s so creamy and perfect.  It was probably first invented by magical foodie fairies who have glittery flying unicorns as pets. I mean, who else could invent something that tastes so incredibly delicious – they just have to have magical foodie powers. And, no smarty pants need to google it to try and prove me wrong because I will still insist I am right and whatever information you think you found is a conspiracy to try to prove to the citizens that fairies & unicorns don’t exist. That’s right, you heard me. 😉

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

A good alfredo recipe not only can make any food you cover it in taste exceptional – but knowing how to make it can attract like 50 zillion potential suitors for the single gals out there.  And vise versa for the single men.

Now, I have one zinger of a recipe for alfredo sauce already published here, but truth be told – it you’re running short on time, it’s just not the recipe to make that night. So, I needed to invent a recipe that tasted equally as good without having to spend much time on it.

And, I did it y’all.  I absolutely did it!  

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

The idea came to me when I was sitting in on a live webcast/olive oil tasting with Dr. Luiscito Cercaci, the vice president of product research, quality, & development for Pompeian Olive Oil.  Beforehand, I was sent this awesome olive oil tasting kit encased in a beautiful solid wood box.

One of the olive oils struck me so much with the flavor profiles that something  just told me it would assist in making the perfect quick alfredo sauce!

Pompeian Olive Oil Tasting Kit

It contained 6 different Pompeian olive oils – 3 which I was familiar with, and 3 from their new Varietals Collection which I hadn’t yet heard of prior to receiving them.  As a huge olive oil fanatic, I was really stoked to see these new-to-me olive oils in the box!

The new Varietals Collection includes Arbequina, Koroneiki, & Picholine.

Pompeian Varietals Collection

During the live webcast & olive oil tasting, I had the opportunity to not only learn more about the oils, but taste them. And, obviously the best part for me was getting to taste them!  Plus, I found out about this neat website, www.TreeToBottle.com where consumers can track the lot number located on the back of the Varietal bottle to uncover that bottle’s special history. If you’d like to learn more, or watch the webcast – it is available for your viewing pleasure at this link.While they were all exceptional in their flavor profiles, I have to admit my very favorite was the Picholine. The Picholine olive is grown in the South of France – and you can learn even more about this exceptional olive oil by clicking here. I would be perfectly content with a large bottle of it & a fresh loaf of bread – and veg on the couch eating nothing but the bread dipped in that Picholine all day long.  Who wants to babysit my kids so I don’t have to share? 😉

So, back to that fantastic EASY alfredo I was telling you about. Super super simple, and even perfect for a weeknight meal when you have barely any time!

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Here’s what you need to make it:

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

If you can’t find the Pompeian Varietals Collection Picholini in your grocer yet, don’t fret because you can also use regular Pompeian Olive Oil with delicious results – so no worries!

Now, you can see in the ingredient photo that I’ve already roasted my garlic.  I roasted 2 heads for this recipe, which was absolutely perfect.  But, if you don’t know how to roast garlic already – it’s so simple and can even be done a day or two in advance (I do this all the time!).  Just slice off the top ends of the entire garlic head, leaving the root bottom alone.  Place them in a tin foil ‘boat’ – then, pour about 1 teaspoon of oil over each head.

How to Roast Garlic

Fold the ends of the tinfoil up over the garlic, making an aluminum foil purse of sorts. Bake at 35o for 1 hour exactly. Let cool until cool enough to handle, or refrigerate if you plan on using it later.

Now, for this quick & easy alfredo sauce.  Pull out your blender or you food processor – either will work.  Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the cloves into the vessel of your blending choice.  Pour in 2 tablespoons of Pompeian Picholini Olive Oil, or regular Pompeian Olive Oil.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Pour in 1/4 cup of heavy cream into the vessel of your food processor or blender.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Blend to pulverize completely.

Now, dump in 3/4 cup of heavy cream, a heaping 1/4 cup of sour cream, & 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Season with a little bit of salt & pepper – and use your food processor or blender to blend it all up.  30-60 seconds will do the trick.

Now, when you pull it off, don’t worry.  It’s going to look a little lumpy with the addition of the cheese, but this is perfectly normal and will not make a lumpy alfredo at all.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Set the sauce aside, and let’s get the tortellini ready. You can buy fresh refrigerated tortellini at the grocery store,and this requires no prep to get it ready.  You can also use frozen tortellini, but you will have to boil that for about 5 minutes in water to get it ready before moving on to the next step. Either one  you choose to use is fine.

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Once melted, add your tortellini.  (If you are using frozen tortellini instead of refrigerated, please remember you do have to cook that in boiling water before doing this step!).  Toss the tortellini all around in the melted butter to coat.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Now, pour your roasted garlic alfredo sauce into the same pan as your tortellini.  Stir gently to combine with the pasta.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Cook on medium heat, stirring gently occasionally, for about 10 minutes.  You will notice the sauce has thickened by the end of the 10 minutes.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Sprinkle on 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan (depending on how much you want…I go for the 1/2 cup)

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini

Stir gently to combine, & remove from the heat.  You can also add chopped chicken or shrimp to this dish for an extra hearty meal.

Pour into the serving vessel of your choice & garnish with chopped fresh parsley if you desire. Serve immediately, & watch it disappear!

This makes enough for 4 people.  Feel free to double or triple as desired.

Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini


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Easy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Tortellini
  • 2 heads of roasted garlic (refer to the post for directions if you don't know how, it's simple!)
  • 2 tablespoons Pompeian Picholini Olive Oil, or sub for regular Pomepian Olive Oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream,dividied
  • heaping ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese + another ¼-1/2 cup
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 14oz container of tortellini (refrigerated or frozen - if using frozen, cook according to directions beforehand)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • parsley to garnish (optional)
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the 2 heads of roasted garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of Pompeian olive oil, & ¼ cup of the heavy cream. Blend until the garlic is pulverized. Into the garlic mixture, pour in the remaining ¾ cup heavy cream, heaping ¼ cup sour cream, & ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Blend the mixture for 30-60 seconds until everything is combined. The mixture will be thick & slightly lumpy, which is perfectly normal! Set the sauce aside.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet. Add your tortellini & toss the pasta around in the melted butter to coat. Pour the sauce on top of the pasta, & stir gently to combine. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring gently occasionally. The sauce will thicken.
  3. Sprinkle on ¼ cup to ½ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese (depending on your tastes), stir to combine and remove from the heat. Pour the tortellini into a serving vessel, & garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
This recipe serves 4, but can be easily doubled or tripled as desired.

To make this meal more hearty, you can easily add some chopped cooked chicken or cooked shrimp to this pasta dish.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

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  • Rust

    wow!! i am definitely going to make this! beautiful ….

  • Roasted garlic is pretty much the best thing on the face of the planet! I’d like to toss my face into a plate full of your tortellini, please 🙂

  • ValsMom

    Do you think it would be as good if i prepared the sauce a day ahead, kept it refrigerated and then added it to the tortelini the next day?

    • I’ve never tried it this way, so I’m not sure. If you try it, please let me know how it works!

  • moo

    What is in the tortellini itself?

    • I used 6 cheese tortellini.

  • joy

    love the tortillini alfredo it looks delicious. where did you get the darling spongeware measuring spoons?

    • From QVC – a line called Temp-tations!

  • Ahlee

    I just made this and it was FANTASTIC! I added shrimp and brocolli. Will definitely be making again 🙂

  • Jacqui Odell

    This sounds like something my husband would love! Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

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  • Kim Daniels Lewis

    You are making me so hungry! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

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  • Mama hen

    When I made the sauce, as soon as I put it in the pan over medium heat, it immediately separated. I wonder what I did wrong? Too much butter maybe? But the flavor was amazing!

  • Cyndi

    This sounds amazing! Unfortunately, needing well over an hour for prep work, plus needing either a food processor or blender isn’t really something I would consider quick or easy, especially on a weeknight after work when I really do have “barely any time”. Any tips to cut down on time or prep work? The hubs and I both work full time.

    • If you’re running low on time, you could definitely skip the roasting of the garlic & use a couple tablespoons of garlic powder instead. Traditional homemade alfredo sauce takes a good bit of time, so this version when compared with that is a huge time & effort saver. The food processor or blender helps me out with time spent making a homemade alfredo & helps give it a creamier consistency since it whips the creams so well. You could just put all the alfredo ingredients on the stovetop and whisk it really well if you’re in a pinch for time! Hope this helps! 🙂

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  • Fred

    What kind of olive oil did you use?

  • D.S.W.

    Woohoo! This recipe passed the picky husband test!! He loved it!! And I {normally a non-Alfredo lover} *really* liked this! It honestly didn’t take too long to make tonight…I roasted the garlic last night so it would be ready and quick tonight. Thanks so much for this great recipe!!

    • I’m so happy to hear that you & your husband both loved it! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and let me know!!

  • Maggie

    If using buitoni refrigerated tortellini – no need to boil??

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  • Bridget

    You don’t need to boil the tortellini?

  • Robyn

    Probably the best pasta I have ever made! Warning, this will make anything that comes out of your bum smell like garlic for a few days!

  • Jessica K.

    I love this recipe! It is very simple and the family loves it! That includes the picky dad and toddler 🙂

  • Kim

    Yummy! Made it the other night. Great tasting Alfredo sauce and easy to make.

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