Three-Cheese Baked Ham and Tortellini
This delicious baked pasta dish, with a homemade béchamel (white) sauce, is special enough to serve company.
1 (12-ounce) package cheese tortellini
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup finely chopped ham
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Prepare tortellini according to package directions; drain.
- Preheat broiler.
- Melt butter in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender. Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 mintues, or until thickened. Add mozzarella, Parmesan and Swiss cheeses and stir until melted. Fold in ham and white pepper.
- Divide pasta between individual ramekins. Spoon sauce over pasta and place 4 to 5 inches from heat. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until topping is golden. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Makes 6 servings.