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Three-Cheese Baked Ham and Tortellini

No recipe image available.This delicious baked pasta dish, with a homemade béchamel (white) sauce, is special enough to serve company.

Recipe Ingredients:

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

Cooking Directions:

  1. Prepare tortellini according to package directions; drain.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.