Creamy Tortellini with Spinach & Tomatoes

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Servings: 6
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe Info

Creamy tortellini with spinach and tomatoes is a saucy pasta dinner the whole family happily agrees on! A delicious garlic cream smothers cheese tortellini dotted with tomatoes and spinach for a quick and easy dinner that’s picky eater approved!

1 lb cheese tortellini
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste
1½ teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon onion flakes
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1½ cups half-and-half
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Begin by boiling your tortellini noodles until they are al dente. Follow the directions on the package for boiling time. While the tortellini is boiling, roughly chop the spinach. Heat a large skillet using medium heat and put the two minced garlic into it. Saute it briefly until fragrant, about thirty seconds or so. Add into the skillet the petite diced tomatoes (undrained), spinach, salt, pepper, dried basil, and onion flakes. Cook and stir over medium high heat until the mixture begins to bubble. In another bowl, combine the flour and half-and-half. Whisk until fairly smooth. Add the creamy mixture into the the skillet along with the Parmesan cheese. Heat through and reduce the heat to medium low and continue to stir and cook until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the drained tortellini and mix together gently. Serve and enjoy!

Notes: You could cut up a chicken breast and sauté it in garlic butter and toss it with the tortellini for an extra hearty meal. There’s no such thing as too much cheese! Feel free to top with extra. Want to add more veggies to this? Sliced mushrooms work so well in this dish!

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