1 package (16 ounce size) fresh or frozen tortellini 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 package (9 ounce size) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed 1 cup cubed, seeded, fresh or canned tomato 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil OR 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
Cook tortellini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; keep warm
Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion and garlic; cook until tender and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add spinach, tomato, basil, salt and pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in whipping cream and Parmesan cheese; cook until mixture just comes to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and stir in cooked tortellini. Cook an additional 4 or 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with additional cheese if desired.
I think this recipe is great. I like to carmelize the onion and garlic for a while before continuing with the recipe. Adding the pepper to the oil also adds a universal spice to the whole dish. I'd also like to add half the tomatoes to the dish at the end so they add some body to the mix.
I will make this again.
Jan 14, 2010
I have been making this recipe for years and love it. As written the recipe is a 4 star. I felt it was also missing something. I started adding a flavored sausage to the recipe and it was a big hit with the family and added a meat and the flavor it was lacking. I used a basil, tomatoe and cheese flavored sausage. I cook the sausage up ahead of time and then cut it in chunks. I then add the sausage when the recipe calls for you to add the cooked tortellini. Yummy a family favorite.
Mar 22, 2008
I rate this a 3 - It was good, but a little on the bland side. My husband agreed. I would make this again, but it needs something added to it, so it wouldn't be so bland. Otherwise, its a great recipe.
Aug 31, 2006
JakeHass Member since: August 31, 2006
I have to say that I was very happy with this recipe. I've been married for about three years, and my wife recently found out that I'm a pretty decent cook. Since the cat's out of the bag, I've been doing a lot cooking, and have never been able to find a recipe for tortellini that I really liked. This one caught my eye, because it seemed more like a traditional Italian recipe, instead of something tossed in a crockpot. It turned out great!
The only thing that I thought was a little off, was the amount of time to cook the onions and garlic. I've found that carmelizing them definitely adds more flavor, but takes longer to do, roughly 20-30 minutes, depending on the serving size, and how much heat you like to use. I generally keep to a low to medium heat, so as not to burn the onions. I also added a little white wine for my own taste, after carmelizing the onions, and then simmered that for 3-5 minuted, then continued with the recipe.
But even with the small changes, it still does not take away from a delicious, and easy to prepare recipe. Very, very good, and it's definitely a five, because I love more traditonal Italian fare.