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Tortellini Al Forno

This Tortellini Al Forno recipe has cheese-filled tortellini tossed in a rich and creamy garlic Alfredo sauce. It tastes just like Olive Garden’s famous dish and is super easy to make!

Be sure to try my Chicken Bacon Spinach Pasta next!A wooden spoon scooping Tortellini Al Forno out from a cast iron skillet.

I have a pretty good collection of Olive Garden Copycat recipes going, and this one is definitely one of my favorites. (Okay, I say that about all of them. You got me.)

You can’t beat the cream sauce in this one. Or the cheese-filled tortellini. …Or the bacon on top.

What to Add to Tortellini Al Forno

In this recipe, I keep it simple and stick to the cream sauce, a little bit of spinach, and some crumbled bacon.

  • For Meats, you could add ground sausage, chicken, shrimp, or steak.
  • For Veggies, adding mushrooms, asparagus, or diced tomatoes would be delicious!

A cast iron skillet filled with tortellini in a cream sauce topped with bacon and a wooden spoon scooping some out.

What is Tortellini Al Forno?

Al Forno = Food that’s baked in the oven. (Seriously. That’s all it means.)

The funny thing is that this particular tortellini recipe has evolved over time to where it’s often times not even baked in the oven anymore. (Kinda funny huh?)

I’ve actually tried baking this in the oven at the end and all that it does is cook the pasta too far past the Al Dente point. And it just adds an extra step, really. Not necessary folks, not necessary.

Storing Leftovers

  • Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container and used within 3 days. This meal reheats nicely in the microwave.
  • You can also freeze leftovers and use them within 3 months. The cream sauce isn’t quite the same consistency as when it’s fresh, but it’s so delicious that you won’t care.

A cast iron skillet filled with tortellini in a cream sauce with bacon sprinkled on top.

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Tortellini Al Forno

4.95 from 19 ratings
This Tortellini Al Forno recipe has cheese-filled tortellini tossed in a rich and creamy garlic Alfredo sauce. It tastes just like Olive Garden's famous dish and is super easy to make!


  • 20 oz. refrigerated Tortellini,, (I like “Giovanni Rana” brand, and I prefer cheese stuffed!)
  • 6 slices bacon,, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons garlic,, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pint half and half,, (equivalent to 2 cups), you can sub whole milk.
  • Salt/pepper,, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup Parmesan,, shredded
  • ¼ Asiago cheese,, shredded (can also use more Parmesan instead)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese,, shredded
  • ¾ cup spinach,, finely shredded (optional)


  • Use kitchen shears to cut the bacon into 2-3 inch pieces so that they equally cover the pan and cook evenly.
  • In a large skillet, (preferably cast iron), cook the bacon slowly on low heat. *Low and slow is best for bacon*.
  • Once the bacon is nearly cooked and crisp on each side, cook the tortellini in a large pot according to package instructions. Set aside.
  • Remove the cooked bacon from the pan, set aside to cool, and leave 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan. Keep the heat on low and add the garlic to the pan, cooking for about one minute.
  • Increase the heat to medium. Gradually whisk in the flour, stirring constantly, until all flour is incorporated and the grease has thickened.
  • Gradually add the half and half (keep stirring). Bring the mixture to a boil and add the salt/pepper and Italian seasoning. Reduce the heat back to low and stir for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add the Parmesan, Asiago, and mozzarella cheeses. Stir until well incorporated and thick. Toss in the spinach and the Tortellini and use a rubber spatula to carefully incorporate it into the sauce.
  • Once the spinach has wilted (about 1 minute), turn off the heat. Crumble the cooled bacon into smaller pieces and sprinkle over the Tortellini. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 531kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 725mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 710IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 361mg, Iron: 2.9mg


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50 comments on “Tortellini Al Forno”

  1. So delicious!! Just made it. We used half cream (1 cup) and half milk (1 cup) and we didn’t have any asiago cheese so we substituted in old cheddar cheese. Thank you for this recipe!

  2. Really good recipe. Quite garlicky so I’d cut back on that but over all really liked it.

  3. Wonderful dish. The family loved it. Looking forward to lunch tomorrow:)

  4. Very good!!

  5. This was a very delicious recipe, I added a bit more spinach, just wonderful!

    • Hi Crissy! I’m so happy that you enjoyed it!! Thinking about this recipe makes me want to make it this week, it’s been a while! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it!! -Stephanie

  6. Made this tonight and it is awesome. Took no time at all. Would post a picture ut doesn’t give the option. My kids and mom ate two plates.

  7. Wanted to try this recipe for a while and finally had the opportunity.  True to The Cozy Cook form, the recipe called for easily accessible & reasonably priced ingredients, was not complicated, & took no time at all.  We have a large family including 5 teenagers & this recipe was a huge success.  It’s a good sign when you can get that many people to agree that a meal is amazing.  I served a caprese salad and homemade focaccia bread with it. This recipe is a keeper!

  8.  Very tasty. Did not read where the garlic was to be added, so this was minus the garlic.  Easy recipe

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