Spinach, tomato and Italian sausage tortellini...simple and YUM!


Tortellini.
I have looked at these on the grocery
shelf for years and never tried them.
Well, I should have tried them 
earlier, DUH!  Because they are 
yummy!

After seeing a picture of some tortellini
soup on Facebook, I started searching recipes.
I adapted this recipe from several that
I looked at on Pinterest.
I wanted a thicker consistency than soup,
 and
this worked perfect.
I think they will be great with some
shrimp as well, so I will be purchasing
them again soon!

These are the ingredients I used except for some 
Cavendar's Greek seasoning.


Tortellini

9 oz pkg Buitoni tortellini 
2-3 mild Italian sausages, casing removed

2 T minced garlic
2 T olive oil
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
3 large handfuls of spinach roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups half and half
(to lessen the calories, use 3/4 milk and 
3/4 cup half and half)
2 T all purpose flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese or Italian cheese blend
2-3 dashes Cavendar's Greek seasoning

Cook tortellini per package directions.  While it is boiling, cook the sausage in large skillet, breaking it into small chunks, until no longer pink.  Set aside on a paper plate to drain.  In a small bowl, mix the flour and half and half until blended well. In a large deep skillet, saute the garlic in the olive oil for one minute.  Add the spinach, tomatoes and  a few dashes of Cavendar's and cook just until the spinach has wilted.  Add the flour mixture to the skillet and cook over medium heat stirring frequently until creamy and bubbly, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the meat, tortellini, and cheeses and cook over medium low heat for a couple of minutes, until all is blended.  Add salt to taste and to add a little spice, sprinkle in a dash of red pepper flakes.  If the mixture doesn't seem creamy enough, add a little more half and half or milk.  

Love what you eat and eat what you love! :)




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