1cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheese,plus extra for serving
salt and pepper
Steam broccoli until tender and cook tortellini according to package directions, setting aside 1/4 cup of cooking liquid just before draining pasta. Alternately, you can add the broccoli to the pasta water for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking the tortellini instead of steaming it. Drain well.
While tortellini is cooking, melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes.
Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and nutmeg, and cook for 2 more minutes.
Pour in the half-and-half and bring it to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Add Parmesan cheese and turn heat to low. Once cheese is melted add tortellini and broccoli, plus cooking liquid. Stir to combine everything well and cook a few minutes to thicken the sauce.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with additional Parmesan.
Frozen broccoli florets can be used instead of fresh. Just cook them in the microwave according to the package directions and add them to the recipe.For a spicier dish, double the amount of crushed red pepper flakes.
This recipe originally appeared on spicysouthernkitchen.com