Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thursday: Creamy 3 cheese tortellini w/ tomatoes and spinach

This is sooo yummy! I found the original recipe on kraftfoods, but I adapted it a bit using more cheese and less spinach. The original recipe calls for spinach and tomato to go in the dish, but you can adapt it and put in whatever you like for veggies/meats. Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, chicken, basil, garlic would all be great in place of or as additions to this dish. The basic cream sauce (very similar to alfredo) is also just a great recipe to use in any pasta dish!

Here is what you need to serve a family of 4:

1 cup of milk, 9 oz three cheese tortellini, 3-6 oz spinach, 1 cup sliced grape/cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup parmesean cheese, 6 oz cream cheese, 1/4 tsp. pepper

Step 1: Over medium heat, place 1 cup milk and 6 oz cream cheese (cubed) in a saucepan. Stir constantly until the cheese is all melted.

Step 2: Once the cheese is all melted, add 1/4 tsp. pepper and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and continue stirring

Step 3: Cook tortellini according to the package directions. Note that I used one 9 oz container for a family of 4. If you want leftovers or have more than 4 people, I would recommend using at least 12 oz.

Step 4: Wash and cut your tomatoes in half. If you are making garlic bread, this is the time to put it in the oven!

Step 5: Place spinach in with cream sauce, stir and let cook. I used about 3 oz of spinach. The original recipe calls for 6 oz, so if your family loves spinach add it all!

Step 6: Drain tortellini and place tortellini and tomatoes in saucepan to simmer with the spinach and sauce. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes. If you cook too long, the tomatoes will start to pull away from their skin. (I can't believe I forgot a picture of this step- sorry!

Step 7: Serve and Enjoy! Remember, tortellini is a lot more filling than you think! Start with a smaller serving and you can always get more later. :<)

Serves: 4
Cost of meal: $8.00
Cost per person: $2.00
(*note, you can make this dish less expensive by skipping the tomatoes and spinach- add canned tomatoes instead and make your own garlic bread!)


Todd Magruder said...

I'm excited to try this one...I have a similar recipe, but the cheese sauce is a little more complicated (a pain!). Instead of tomatoes and spinach, it calls for cubed ham and chopped broccoli!

Gretchen Magruder said... husband is pretty amazing, but he probably wouldn't comment on a recipe! sorry, that was me!!