Pork and Tortellini Skillet Bake with Cream Sauce, Bacon, and Peas
Delicious Pork and Tortellini Skillet Bake that will have you coming back for seconds. This easy, one pot meal, comes together quickly, and is loaded with flavor.
With an easy, but homemade cream sauce, bacon, peas, cheesy tortellini, and perfectly seasoned Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, it is the perfect midweek meal. Especially during the hectic back to school time when evenings can be chaos, and you don’t have much time to get dinner on the table.
During back to school season, I need all the quick kitchen hacks I can find. My favorite is using Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork to add flavor and ease to my recipes.
- All of the prep work is done for you, so weeknight meals are quick and easy.
- The flavors are spot on, and don’t take any extra effort on my part.
- It is so versatile. You can slice, chop, or cube the pork loin before cooking for faster cooking, or roast, grill, saute, slow-cook, or even air fry it whole.
Check out some of these awesome ways to use Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork:
- Grilled Pork Ramen
- Sweet and Smoky Pork Stuffed Peppers
- Roasted Pork Crostini with Apple and Pomegranate
- Roasted Garlic and Herb Penne Pasta with Pork
- Grilled Pork Power Bowls
- Sticky BBQ Pork Kabobs
- Pork Carnitas Tostada (Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork) Carnitas Tostadas
Or go to Smithfield.com for more recipe inspiration.
For this recipe, I cubed the pork loin beforehand so I could quickly saute it to add to our skillet pasta.
My family loves tortellini, ravioli, or any other stuffed pasta you can think of, so I knew this would be a match made in heaven.
The deep, delicious flavors of the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet, combine perfectly with the cheesy goodness of stuffed pasta. And when you add a homemade cream sauce, even more bacon, and some peas, you get something truly magical.
And did I mention it only takes 30 minutes? Yep!
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How to Make Pork and Tortellini Skillet Bake
I mentioned this dish only takes 30 minutes to make, and half of that time, the dish will be cooking, so it only takes 15-20 minutes of hands on time!
Start with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork.
It is my go-to for busy weeknights, because it is high quality, conveniently pre-seasoned and so versatile – simply grill, roast, sauté or slow-cook for any style of dish. You can find it at select grocery stores and retailers nationwide, including Walmart, ShopRite, Publix, and Albertsons/Safeway.
For this tortellini bake, I cubed the pork and sautéed it!
Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is available in an assortment of mouthwatering flavors, including Roasted Garlic & Herb, Sweet Teriyaki, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Slow Smoked Mesquite. For this recipe I opted to use the Applewood Smoked Bacon, as it pairs so nicely with the cream sauce and peas. However, you could use a cheddar cheese sauce with the Slow Smoked Mesquite flavor for a similar dish with a completely different flavor profile. Yum! Get creative.
Obviously for this dish I used the loin filet. However, Smithfiled Marinated Fresh Pork is available in a wide variety of fresh cuts, including pork roasts, chops, ribs, and tenderloins.
Regardless of the cut, it is always made from 100% fresh pork with no artificial ingredients and is packed with protein.
Make your Cream Sauce
Once the pork has sautéed, you simply remove it from the pan, and use the same pan to make your cream sauce. This is a fairly standard cream sauce that uses butter, garlic, flour, and then milk and/or heavy cream.
I like to use a combination of milk and cream, as heavy cream tends to be thicker, and makes the dish quite rich. You could also sub in a cup of chicken stock instead of the cream or milk if you wanted a thinner sauce.
However, in addition to the above mentioned ingredients, we add in some parmesan cheese, which melts into the sauce, adds some saltiness, and extra flavor!
The delicious Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork and homemade cream sauce add tons of flavor and are both super delicious. But when you add in the extras, it lightens it up a bit, and adds more full flavor. Here is what I add:
Of course, you can add other things too, like additional vegetables, more spices. This baked tortellini with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is so versatile, so customize it to meet your needs, and enjoy!
Your whole family will love this One Pot Meal: Baked tortellini with marinated fresh pork, peas, applewood smoked bacon, and a delicious homemade cream sauce.
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Pork Tortellini Skillet Bake with Cream Sauce, Bacon, and Peas
- 1 Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet
- 20 ounces fresh filled Cheese Ravioli
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups milk or heavy cream or use half and half, divided
- 1 cup shaved or shredded parmesan cheese divided
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups petite peas
- 4 strips Smithfield bacon cooked and chopped
Garnish: fresh basil or thyme (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Chop your Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet into small cubes.
- In a large oven-safe skillet, over medium-high heat, sear the pork loin filet on all sides until cooked through. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
- Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 40 seconds to a minute.
- Add flour into the pan and stir it into the melted butter so you have a thick paste.
- While still over medium-high heat, gradually whisk milk/cream into the pan until completely combined and mixture is smooth.
- Add salt, pepper, paprika, stirring until combined and smooth.
- Stir in pork, peas, and cooked bacon.
- Add the tortellini and 2/3 cup parmesan cheese to the skillet. Stir to make sure it is coated with the sauce and well combined.
- Add the remaining cup of cream/milk to get a better consistency. Eye ball this, if it is runny, you don’t need to add it, but if it is thick, add some so there is liquid that the tortellini can soak up to soften.
- Top with remaining 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 10 minutes until sauce is bubbly and pasta is hot throughout.
- Garnish with fresh herbs (basil or thyme) and more bacon if desired. Serve hot.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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