Here’s a very nontraditional tortellini recipe that will surely piss off the Italians. But it will also leave your taste buds buzzing- bacon and mozzarella tortellini drenched in a sweet, balmy tomato sauce. Sounds good? Have a read.
Words: Denisa Rosca, Subeditor: Toni Hart, Photos and video: Denisa Rosca
As young professionals living in a bustling city like London, always running from place A to place B, with very little time to actually eat, we often find ourselves craving exquisite dishes; dishes so delicious yet so intricate that our hands can’t make them. And what do we do? We try and do our best with the time, energy and ingredients we have. And sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. It mostly doesn’t though. And sometimes we just wish we could snap our fingers and have the tooth fairy come over and cook us dinner. Yeah, you heard me. I figured I paid that sucker plenty over the years. She at least owes me a dinner (here’s hoping it’s a she – would be awkward having a bearded, tutu-wearing dude cook my dinner).
But let’s not get too dramatic. If that doesn’t work out, we can always fall back on our skills (or lack thereof). But hey, chin up! We made a short video that will teach you a quick and easy way to make baked tomato and mozzarella tortellini. Ugh, my mouth just started drooling from typing that whole sentence. Tomato soaked, cheddar and mozzarella drenched tortellini cooked in the oven for 30 minutes. That’s all you need to know. Have a look at our video and get cooking!
What you’ll need for this recipe:
- 1 pack of tortellini
- 2 small cups of tomato sauce/juice
- 1 pack of tomato fix from Maggi
- 1 generous piece of mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Gouda slices
- smoked uncooked bacon strips
How to make it yourself:
Part one: Boil the tortellini in some salted water, drain them and put them aside until the sauce is ready.
Part two: In a separate bowl, mix the content of the Maggi tomato fix with some hot water. Stir thoroughly until smooth and creamy. Then add the tomato sauce to your mixture. Keep stirring until the mixture is free of lumps.
Part three: Pour the cooked tortellini in pan and pour all the sauce on top. Layer the bacon strips, break the mozzarella into small pieces and sprinkle on top. Follow with the Gouda slices and the cheddar cheese and voila, it’s good to go! Throw it in the oven for 30 minutes, gas mark 6, and while you’re waiting pour yourself a glass of red wine. Then all that’s left is to enjoy!
Throw some basil on top for a pop of colour and a hint of freshness.