Chef Tee’s Cheese Tortellini, Swiss Chard & Bacon
Serves 4 to 6
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 10-to-15 minutes

  • 3 bunches Swiss chard, stems thinly sliced, leaves cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup white onions, chopped
  • ½ cup bacon pieces
  • 1 cup butternut squash, diced (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-to-4 cups cheese tortellini (follow cooking directions on pkg.)
  • Pumpkin Pasta Sauce (available at Whole Foods) — heat before serving; add a few Tbsps. water if too thick


  1. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat; add bacon; cook a few minutes to produce bacon grease; add onions, squash, Swiss chard stems; cook until bacon is done, stems, onions, squash tender (about 5-to-10 minutes).
  2. Add Swiss chard leaves; carefully stir ingredients; cook until leaves start to wilt.
  3. Season w/Salt & Pepper (if needed).
  4. Carefully stir in tortellini; drizzle olive oil on top; turn off heat.
  5. Transfer to serving dish; serve w/pumpkin pasta sauce.