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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Recipe by Kathleen Kelly

I love meatless dishes, especially pasta. I could seriously cut the meat out of my diet if I lived alone...hubby and I both grew up in a generation of strictly meat and potatoes for every supper meal. There was very little deviations from that. I think that the internet has opened a myriad of meal possibilities! I love technology don't you? Anyway this recipe looks really really good, I have no tried it yet but it is definitely on my list of to try recipes. I think the only substitution I might make is the heavy cream, I would probably use half and half. So it you try this recipe, leave me a comment on how you liked it!! Enjoy!

Yield: 6 servings
Calories per serving: 265
Fat per serving: 11.5 gr
  • 1 (20 oz) pkg Three cheese tortellini (preferably the refrigerated kind)
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 Tbs All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 1/4 Cups Milk, 2% or Skim
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Chopped Fresh Spinach
  • 3 Tbs chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tsp chopped fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp dry)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 6 Tbs finely shredded parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Red Pepper Flakes for serving (optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook tortellini according to directions listed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large and deep skillet or saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds, then add flour and onion powder and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour in milk and cream, then whisk until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to simmer, then add tomatoes, spinach, basil and oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook several minutes longer until sauce has thickened and spinach has wilted. Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Toss prepared and drained tortellini into sauce mixture (note that as the pasta rests, the sauce will seem thicker and it will sort of soak into the noodles. So, if you won't be serving it for 10 minutes or so you can stir in some pasta water, milk or cream to thin it out if desired). Serve warm sprinkled with additional parmesan cheese if desired and optional red pepper flakes.


  1. this is delish! have made before adding sausage....Love Jen

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