Olive Garden Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo with Grilled Chicken is a tasty copycat recipe the whole family will love. This cheesy baked pasta has a creamy sauce that is loaded with a blend of Italian cheeses. This much-loved dish is comfort food at its best. So good!
This tasty tortelloni pasta is tossed with our Classic Alfredo Sauce, topped with Asiago cheese, grilled chicken, toasted breadcrumbs, and baked for just a few minutes, until the cheese is melted. Super easy weeknight dinner you can have on the table for dinner tonight in under an hour.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
This super tasty copycat recipe has all the flavor of Olive Garden Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo with Grilled Chicken but half of the calories as the restaurant version. It’s also so much cheaper to feed your family at home than take your whole crew to a restaurant! Am I right?
And if you're thinking about the garlic breadsticks that come along with your Olive Garden order, we've got you covered with our homemade Garlic Breadsticks Recipe. They're super easy to make and totally to die for! Who can resist freshly baked, pillowy soft, buttery, garlic-y, delicious homemade breadsticks?
Secret to this Recipe...is that it works with these 5 other proteins: rotisserie chicken, salmon, leftover steak, pork chops, or pot roast. It's a great recipe to repurpose any leftover meat you have. We love to add leftover pot roast. Its so delish!
Here's What You Need
Grilled Chicken Ingredients:
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts - fresh and dried off with a paper towel.
- extra virgin olive oil - or any neutral cooking oil.
- salt and ground black pepper
Toasted Breadcrumbs Ingredients:
- extra virgin olive oil - cooking oil will bring down the cooking temperature and prevent the butter from burning.
- salted butter - gives the toasted breadcrumbs a savory, nutty flavor.
- Panko breadcrumbs - Japanese Panko breadcrumbs have a larger crumb and tend not to soak up oil as easily as regular breadcrumbs.
- 5 cheese tortelloni - Tortelloni is just a larger version of cheese tortellini. They taste the same.
- salt for boiling water
- salted butter
- heavy whipping cream (heavy cream)
- grated parmesan cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano)
- ground black pepper - just a little will do.
- ground nutmeg - freshly grated nutmeg will bring the best flavor to the Alfredo Sauce.
- shredded Asiago cheese - freshly grated Asiago is best. If the shredded Asiago cheese is dried out, as is often the case with pre-shredded cheeses, it will not melt very well and the flavor of the cheese will be dulled.
- large pot - for boiling pasta
- slotted spoon or strainer - to drain the pasta
- medium sauce pot - for making Alfredo Sauce
- large whisk
- baking dish
- cheese grater
How to Make It
You can make this tasty copycat Olive Garden Asiago Tortelloni with Grilled Chicken recipe with some fresh chicken and a few pantry staples. We'll show you how.
1. Grill Chicken. Rub olive oil on 4 chicken breasts that have been cut or pounded to an even thickness and season them with salt and pepper on each side. Grill chicken on a grill or in a large skillet for 5-6 minutes on each side to an internal temperature of 165°F. Place chicken on a plate to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Then slice the chicken into strips or bite sized pieces. Set aside.
Chicken Cut Substitution Suggestions:
chicken thighs - tender chicken that is juicy, and delicious. And they are a less expensive, cost saving chicken cut.
chicken tenderloins - tender and juicy chicken tenders.
2. Toast Bread Crumbs. Heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat until it is very hot. Add breadcrumbs to the hot oil and sauté until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes. Transfer the toasted breadcrumbs from the pan a plate lined with paper towels to drain off any excess oil. Set the breadcrumb mixture aside.
3. Make Tortelloni Pasta. Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the boiling water. Then add Tortelloni to the water. Cook tortelloni according to package directions. As the pasta is cooking, start the sauce. When the tortelloni is done cooking, reserve 1 cup of the salty water and drain the rest. Set both water and cooked tortelloni aside.
Pasta Substitution Suggestions:
Use any type of pasta shape you prefer like: cheese tortellini, ravioli, rotini, gemelli, or penne.
4. Make the Alfredo Sauce. Place cold butter and heavy cream in a medium sauce pan. Bring cream and butter up to a boil over medium heat. Stirring continuously, boil the cream and butter for 1 minute or until sauce has thickened a little bit.
Turn off the heat and the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, salt, ground pepper, and ground nutmeg. Stir together until the cheese has melted and becomes a smooth and creamy Alfredo sauce.
Use a little of the reserved pasta water to thin out the Alfredo Sauce if it is too thick.
Cheese Substitution Suggestions:
Freshly grated parmesan cheese found at any grocery store deli section may be used instead of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
But do not use the processed "parmesan" that is found on the grocery store shelf. Processed parmesan won't melt into a smooth sauce, but will remain grainy in texture.
Pecorino or Romano cheese are also good substitutes for parmesan cheese.
5. Toss in the Cooked Tortelloni. Add the reserved cooked tortelloni.
6. Prepare Dish for Oven. Tortelloni Alfredo Layer: Place the Tortelloni Alfredo in the bottom of a large baking dish or portioned out into individual baking dishes. Grilled Chicken Layer: Put a layer of sliced grilled chicken over the tortelloni layer. Asiago Layer: Sprinkle grated Asiago cheese over the top of the tortelloni and grilled chicken. Breadcrumb Layer: Sprinkle toasted breadcrumbs over the top. The crispy panko breadcrumbs add a little texture that compliments the smooth alfredo sauce.
7. Bake. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Double the Alfredo Sauce ingredients (but don't add extra tortelloni) to make it extra creamy and saucy.
Italian Seasoning - Add some spice to this tasty pasta recipe by sprinkling in some spicy Italian Seasoning. Just a sprinkle or two will give this recipe just the right amount of heat. It's easy to make your own by following our simple Italian Seasoning Recipe. It's the perfect add-in to spice up any dish.
Works With These 5 Other Proteins
This tasty recipe is totally versatile. You can easily sub in any of these other proteins in place of grilled chicken.
- rotisserie chicken
- leftover steak
- pork chops
- pot roast
Don't forget the Breadsticks! Serve this tasty Olive Garden Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo with Grilled Chicken with garlic bread or our homemade Garlic Breadsticks Recipe. They're super easy to make and so delicious! Garlicky. Buttery. Oh wow!
This tasty pasta dish is also great served with your favorite hot veggies. It's delicious with oven roasted broccoli or brussels with minced garlic. So delish!
How to Reheat Chicken Alfredo
The easiest way to reheat this delicious chicken alfredo pasta is by adding a little milk or cream to the cold leftovers before reheating in the microwave oven, regular oven, or on the stove.
Alfredo sauce can be a little tricky to reheat. The butter will separate from the cream if it is reheated too fast or too hot. So, reheat slowly, stirring frequently, until leftovers are just heated through.
Microwave Oven Reheating Instructions: Add a dash or two of milk to a container of leftovers and microwave on high for 1 minute. Pause cooking to stir the milk into with alfredo sauce so that it cooks evenly. Continue to reheat for 30 second intervals, stirring at each interval until the leftovers are just heated through. Total cooking time should be less than 3 minutes in total.
Regular Oven Reheating Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Place leftovers in a baking dish with a dash or two of milk poured over the leftover pasta. Cover with aluminum foil and reheat for 15 minutes or until just warmed through.
Stovetop Reheating Instructions: Place leftovers in a medium pan with a dash or two of milk. Cover the pan with a lid and reheat on low heat until just heated through. Do not allow leftover alfredo sauce to come to a boil, or it will separate and you will be left with pools butter in your pasta, instead of a creamy alfredo sauce.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. We love to use handy restaurant storage containers.
There you have it. It's as easy as that! Olive Garden Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo with Grilled Chicken made at home. It's an impressive dish that makes a perfect busy weeknight meal your whole family will love. Try it and let us know how you like it. We'd love to hear from you!
xo ~ Seanna
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