Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Baked Tortellini with Garden Vegetables



I found this recipe on Pinterest and it's a keeper! It turned out great just the way the recipe specifies, and really isn't that hard! 

Ingredients

10 oz. cheese-filled tortellini
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1-½ cups sugar snap peas, halved crosswise
1 TB margarine or butter
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
cup chicken broth
1-½ tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. flour
¾ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 cup milk
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, cubed and softened
1 TB lemon juice
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 small red or green sweet pepper, coarsely chopped
2 TB grated Parmesan cheese
 

Directions

Cook tortellini in boiling salted water according to package directions, adding the carrot during the last 5 minutes of cooking and the sugar snap peas during the last 1 minute of cooking; drain.

Heat margarine or butter in skillet. Add chicken and mushrooms, and cook about 5 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through. Remove from skillet.

Mix together chicken broth, oregano, flour, garlic salt, and pepper in a screw-top jar until smooth. 

Add to skillet along with milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; add cream cheese. Heat while stirring until cream cheese is smooth. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice. Add pasta mixture, chicken mixture, tomatoes, and sweet pepper. Toss to coat. Turn into an ungreased baking or casserole dish.

Bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Stir mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

I used Buitoni Mixed Cheese Tortellini from the grocery store, and I subbed in reduced fat Neufchatel for cream cheese.

The second time I made this, I just threw together some chicken broth, (much less) cream cheese, a bit of pesto, herbs/seasoning, and Greek yogurt in a skillet to make the cream base. I didn't bake it, but just tossed in the tortellini when the sauce was done. And I cooked all the veggies (mushrooms, peppers, and butternut squash) in the same pan with the sauce. I also added avocado after removing from heat. That actually turned out even better in my opinion, and was a lot easier! But that depends on how comfortable you are with just throwing things together without clear procedure. :)


3 comments:

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  2. OMG, this looks, and sounds and even smells (aha!;-) so delicious! Yet, I love how simple it is - can't wait to try;-)

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  3. This looks absolutely delicious. I will definitely give this a try. xxx

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