Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tortellini Primavera

Mmmm, spinach. Nearly everyone will gobble up spinach in a salad, sometimes in an omelet combined with yummy feta cheese or even in an enchilada. Yet spinach has so many vitamin and mineral nutrients it's one vegetable we really can't consume enough. Throw in a little cream cheese (yum) and some tortellini, garlic and onion and you've got one creamy and delicious spinach dish. This primavera is yummy as a lunch dish by itself or serve it up for dinner as a side dish paired with a grilled pork tenderloin or a roasted whole chicken. I hope you and yours will enjoy it as much as we did!

Tortellini Primavera

1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
2 Tbs. butter
10 oz. spinach, steamed & drained (can use frozen spinach, thawed and drained)
1 8 oz. package cream cheese (can use reduced fat)
1 tomato, chopped
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
9 oz. fresh or frozen tortellini, cooked and drained

Over medium heat, cook and stir mushrooms, onion, and garlic in butter until tender. Add remaining ingredients, except tortellini, and cook until mixture just begins to boil, stirring constantly. Add in tortellini, heat thoroughly and serve warm. Enjloy!

*Live-it-up Variation: Substitute crushed red pepper flakes in plac of ground black pepper.