This is one of our family’s favorite quick meals: Three Cheese Tortellini with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes~ Another 15 minute meal!
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So Simple, So Lovely:
To keep this recipe super simple I use a pre-made three cheese tortellini from the grocery store. Depending on the brand, fresh pasta cooks in 3-7 minutes, making this complete meal quick and easy! If I were having guests and wanted to use this recipe as a side dish, I would serve this pasta with my garlic roasted chicken for no fuss entertaining.
While pasta cooks I sauté traditional Italian herbs and vegetables that really pack a flavorful punch: sun dried tomatoes in oil, spring onions, spinach and roasted pine nuts. Then I “finish” the pasta in the pan and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt!
The Recipe: Three Cheese Tortellini with Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes
A savory pasta made start to finish in less than 15 minutes. You can use any pasta you wish. I use a fresh three cheese tortellini (found in the refrigerated section). You could use a chicken tortellini, ravioli, plain pasta noodles etc...
- 16 oz fresh cheese tortellini (I use Three Cheese Tortellini from Whole Foods)
- 4-6 Tablespoons good quality olive oil, separated
- 10 green onions, sliced
- 3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil and garlic, chopped
- 10 leaves basil, chopped
- 3 large handfuls baby spinach
- 1/2 cup roasted pine nuts
- sea salt, to taste
- if using a plain pasta instead of cheese filled tortellini, you can add a cup of fresh Parmesan
Set large stock pot to boil (cook pasta to package instructions)
While water is heating, prepare all ingredients
Add pasta to water and cook to package instructions. Most fresh pastas cook VERY quickly so be ready with a colander in the sink.
Place a large pan on medium/ high heat, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of pan
When oil is hot, add green onions and sauté for 3 minutes
Add sun dried tomatoes, cook for two more minutes, stirring here and there
Right before pasta is ready, add basil and spinach to pan .
Strain pasta in colander, do not rinse. Add pasta to pan with veggies to 'finish'
Toss pasta with ingredients in pan for 30 seconds
Drizzle with 2 tablespoons Olive Oil and Sprinkle with sea salt, toss again
Pour pasta into a bowl. Garnish with Pine Nuts. Toss and serve.
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