Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cheese Tortellini with Spinach and Tomatoes

Do you always follow a recipe or do you just get in the kitchen and wing it?  Me...I need a recipe.  I will make changes, substitutions, etc., but I need a recipe to follow as a guide.  When I get in there and just start making stuff up, well, the results are less than...uhm...well, edible.  However, the other night I decided I was going to throw something together just for me.  No recipe, no measurements, just throw it together.  And the result was....DELICIOUS!!  I was so surprised proud of myself!  Of course, it wasn't anything complicated, it was like three ingredients.  But hey, that's totally not the point :)
Since it was so yummy, I wanted to share it. But then I thought...I don't have a recipe.  I can't just say throw some of this and some of that in a pan and do a little of this.  So I did a search, just for y'all...and sure enough, my recipe is not all that original.  Since I follow this blog, I have probably seen it in the past, and just forgot.  Anyway, also not the point.  The point is, this dish is simple, delicious and healthy.  Yep, I actually ate spinach and tomatoes and enjoyed it!  And what's even more shocking, is that when my girls saw what I was eating, they wanted to try it.  Of course, only the tortellini...but they loved it too.  So - I guess I'll be buying more tortellini.  You can't go wrong with pasta and cheese.
Cheese Tortellini with Spinach and Slow Roasted Tomatoes from Two Peas and Their Pod


1/2 Tablespoon salt-to add to boiling water

1 bag frozen cheese tortellini (16 oz. size) *I used the tortellini from the pasta aisle

2 cups slow roasted tomatoes *I used canned petite cut tomatoes, but roasted would be way better!

3 cups fresh spinach, washed and roughly chopped

Drizzle of olive oil

Fresh parmesan cheese-to taste *I didn't add extra cheese b/c I haven't exercised in weeks

Directions-
1. Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water. Bring to a boil. Add a 1/2 T of salt. Stir in frozen cheese tortellini. Cook until tortellini floats to the top and is soft. Drain and put tortellini in a medium bowl.

2. Stir in the slow roasted tomatoes and spinach. Drizzle with olive oil and stir again.

3. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

This is basically what I did, except I added my tortellini to the skillet where I had sauted my spinach and tomatoes and a small clove of garlic.  Mixed it all together and YUM!!  I can't wait to make this again!  And I can't wait to have my garden!!  Fresh herbs and veggies!! And it's supposed to be almost 80 degrees by the weekend (unless I was dreaming early this morning when the weather was on!) AWESOME!!!!

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10 comments:

  1. This pasta sounds yummy! I love spinach and tomato together.

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  2. It looks so good!

    P.S.
    Following back :-)

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  3. I am a huge pasta fan these days--this looks so good and easy to make--thanks for sharing.

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  4. oh what a delicious pasta dish! yum!

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  5. That sounds awesome! I love to just throw things together too... some of my best dishes were "after thoughts." LOL Thanks for linking up for Tasty Tuesday!

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  6. Yum! So true, you really can't go wrong with cheese and pasta! Way to go making up your own recipe!

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  7. Yummy combo! Of course I like just about anything with pasta!

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  8. Cheese, tomatoes and pasta can never be wrong....I would even like the spinach this way too... Great!

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

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  9. That looks so good! I love anything with tortellini and spinach has a special place in my heart! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday!
    jen @ http://www.messhalltobistro.blogspot.com/search/label/Made From Scratch Tuesday

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