Tortellini with ricotta, spinach & bacon

Tortellini with ricotta, spinach & bacon

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
This crunchy and creamy pasta is special enough for summer entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal285
  • fat14g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.13g
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  • 250g pack filled tortellini (we used ricotta & spinach)
  • 2 rashers lean back bacon
  • 25g walnut pieces



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • zest ½ lemon, juice of 1



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tbsp finely grated parmesan, plus extra for serving



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for serving
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 100g bag salad spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 2 tbsp ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…


  1. Heat the grill. Boil the pasta according to pack instructions, then tip into a colander and cool under gently running water. Meanwhile, grill the bacon on a baking tray until golden and crisp at the edges. When almost ready, tip the walnuts onto the tray to toast a little. Snip the bacon into strips.

  2. Mix the lemon zest and juice, Parmesan and oil in a large bowl. Season with pepper, then tip in the spinach, tortellini, bacon and walnuts. Toss well, add the ricotta in small blobs, then gently toss. Season to taste, then serve with a drizzle more oil and more Parmesan, if you like.

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30th May, 2018
Love this. How long will it keep in the fridge is what I’d like to know. Would happily make on Sunday nights and use for lunches Mon-Thu at work if it will keep that long Used cottage cheese as no ricotta and I used parmigiano as had no parmesan
23rd Feb, 2016
Didnt have ricotta cheese but was still delicious.
8th Aug, 2014
Unfortunately this recipe didn't go down too well with me, the lemon combined with the cheese wasn't a great combination in my opinion. However I did absolutely love everything else, so think I'll combine it with a cheese or white sauce next time.
28th Jun, 2014
Very cheap, quick and easy meal. Lovely and light!
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11th May, 2014
Loved this! I used pancetta instead of bacon but otherwise the recipe was the same. Agree with other people though that this is definitely not enough food for 4 people, it serves 2 fine. I am also pretty sure that the calories are a bit higher than this, especially when you consider most people are eating twice as much as this recipe is counting on. But even so, the Tortillini I found was 588 calories for 150g.
11th Sep, 2013
just made this and followed the recipe exactly. I agree with the other comments re: portion made a good size supper for 2 adults in our house but cannot see it serving 4 as a main course. It was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be making it again.
26th Jan, 2013
Very quick and tasty dish. We used the zest of a whole lemon and agree with previous comments about it being a good portion for 2 people rather than 4. Will definitely be making this again.
25th Jan, 2013
Delicious! I didn't have parm or ricotta cheese on hand, but found that throwing a few chunks of fresh mozzarella was perfect for balancing the acidity in the dressing. Light and lovely dish, partner loved it, can't wait to make again.
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13th Oct, 2011
Delicious! I changed the timings a little so that I could keep the pasta hot for serving and it was great, a very light taste. I agree with Beth, this was a decent portion for 2 people with salad, but I really don't think this would stretch to 4 unless it was a light starter.
26th Jul, 2009
Lemony and light. Really good alternative to tortellini with tomatoes


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