As a busy mom, I'm always looking for dinner shortcuts that are still healthy and still taste good. With weeknight activities, we still want to enjoy a real meal, but time is definitely limited for long dinner preparation
We were excited to sample the new Barilla Tortellini as a weeknight option. The tortellini cook quickly, about 10 minutes in boiling water, and we discovered are quite delicious with a simple marinara or cream sauce. Add a salad and a side of bread and dinner is done in 15 minutes. For our family, this was perfect for after athletic activities, we were able to sit down to dinner within a half hour of arriving home.
If you have a few more minutes to spare, Barilla offers many great recipes on their own website, including one we loved for tortellini with ham and peas. Ham is a great addition to tortellini dishes and has the advantage of being precooked, so it adds very little to the cooking time.
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Three Cheese Tortellini with Ham, Peas & Cream:1 bag Barilla Three Cheese Tortellini
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup White Onion, Diced
1/2 lb Ham, Diced
1 cup Frozen Pea, Thawed
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Black Pepper, Freshly Ground, to taste
Salt, to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook Three Cheese Tortellini according to package directions.
While pasta is cooking, saute onions in oil for 5 minutes over medium heat in a large skillet.
Add ham and cook for 3 minutes.
Stir peas, heavy cream and half-and-half into ham and onions combination and season with salt and pepper; simmer for 5 minutes.
Drain Three Cheese Tortellini and mix with sauce in skillet.
Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and serve.