Monday, August 26, 2013

One pot Tortellini dinner

1 bag of frozen tortellini
1 lb. Italian sausage (fried and crumbled)
 1 small bag of fresh spinach
2 cans of Italian style diced tomatoes
1 box (4 cups) chicken broth
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz. cream cheese softened and diced
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with parmesan or asiago cheese if desired.

This recipe was re-printed and originally said to put all ingredients in a crockpot for 5 hours on low.
I'm pretty sure some of the ingredients wouldn't hold up well in the crockpot for that long so I have revised it as follows:

In a large pan fry the Italian sausage. Drain all grease. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic and cream cheese. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add tortellini and spinach. Cover and cook on low for another 10 minutes or so.

This is one of those recipes you can doctor to your own taste. I would be including some fresh basil, red pepper flakes and asiago cheese to add a little zip or changing the cheese to shredded Swiss cheese.  Let me know how it turns out for you.

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