#ImprovCookingChallenge: Asparagus and Mushroom Tortellini

Even though Mother Nature can’t seem to decide if it’s going to be Spring or not (our temperatures keep jumping from the 40’s to nearly 80 degrees every couple of days), I’ve decided Spring is here and I’m celebrating it whether or not the weather is on board.

Mainly this comes in how I’m dressing as I’ve banished my heavy sweaters to the back of the closet and my boots to a storage tote underneath the bed. Have I been nearly frozen a couple of days? Yes, but let’s not talk about that okay?

In addition to dressing for spring weather, my recipes have turned from warm and hearty to light and airy. Asparagus starts to come back into the stores in the spring and it’s so common to find recipes calling for asparagus, peas, cream and pasta.

Which is why the ingredients for April’s Improv Cooking Challenge are asparagus and cream. I actually wasn’t planning on making a pasta recipe and wanted to do something completely out of the box, but then I just really wanted pasta.

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#ImprovCookingChallenge: Asparagus and Mushroom Tortellini

A delicious springtime dish made with tortellini pasta, mushrooms and fresh asparagus.

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 9 oz. package cheese tortellini
  • 56 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb. asparagus, chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • crushed red pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini according to package directions, then drain, return to the pot and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and asparagus and cook for 5-6 minutes or until tender-crisp.
  3. Add in the mushrooms and cook 3-4 minutes more or until all of the vegetables reach your desired consistency. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Pour the cream into the skillet while stirring, then stir in the tortellini, followed by the Parmesan cheese until it melts.
  5. Bring the cream to just a simmer, then remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.
  6. Divide onto plates and top with crumbled bacon.

Keywords: mushroom asparagus tortellini, mushrooms, asparagus, tortellini, pasta, springtime recipes

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I ended up making this recipe on a weeknight along with another recipe for dinner because I had ran out of time to make it over the weekend. I was 100% convinced that I would be the only one eating what I had made and the rest would be leftovers.

And then by some vegetable miracle, my husband, who hates vegetables, decided to try this dish and preferred it to the less vegetable-more meat other dish I had actually made for him to eat that night. I’m convinced he’s been abducted by aliens, but for the time being, I’ll just enjoy the fact that he voluntarily ate something with more vegetables than meat. And if you have a fellow vegetable hater in your house, maybe you should make this dish too. Wouldn’t it be incredible if they ended up eating it and liking it?!


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  1. It's no wonder he preferred this dish Nicole. It sounds scrumptious.

  2. Serious comfort food!!! Looks heavenly…and I pretty much feel the same way about the weather as you. I'm wearing flip flops with sweaters!!!

  3. Asparagus and bacon, can't go wrong there!! This looks amazing

  4. Mmmmm, this looks so delicious and comforting.

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