Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Totally Awesome Tortellini Alfredo

I've only made this once before and it was delicious. I am making it for Chris and mine's one month anniversary that is Friday, however, we are celebrating it on Saturday when he gets off from work.
I don't have pictures for this so I'm going to write it out the best I can. This recipe takes about 25 miniutes and makes 4 to 5 servings. Though Chris can eat half of it.

Utensils that I use are:

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Large saucepan
  • Colander
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rubber scrapper (spatula for the southern folks)
  • Wire whisk
  • 1 8-oz cooked boneless ham slice (or get already cubed ham)
  • 1 9-oz packaged refrigerated three-cheese tortellini
  • 1 1/2 cups packaged broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 8-ounce tub cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Dash black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
  1. On a cutting board use the sharp knife to cut the ham into small pieces. If you have the prepackage already cubed ham just save unitl step 3.
  2. Cook tortellini in the large saucepan following the package directions, adding the broccoli with the the pasta so they can cook at the same time. Turn off the burner. Remove saucepan from burner. Place colander in your sink. Carefully pour tortellini mixture into the colander to drain.
  3. Add butter to the empty saucepan. Put the saucepan on a burner. Turn burner to medium-low heat. Cook about 20 seconds or until butter is melted. Carefully add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds,  stirring with wooden spoon. Use the rubber scraper to remove  half of the cream cheese from the tube and carefully add to the saucepan. Save remaining cream cheese for another use. Add milk to the saucepan. Use the wire whisk to stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in the ham and pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Turn off buner. Remove saucepan from burner.
  4. Add the tortellini mixture to the ham mixture in the saucepan, Using the wooden spoon, gently stir until combined. Pass Parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the tortellini.
Serve with... breadsticks, sherbet for dessert, and milk.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 465 cal., 25 g total fat (14 g sat. fat), 109 mg chol., 1, 238 mg sodium, 36 g carbo., 3 g fiber, 26 g pro,

 The original recipe that I made this from can be found in Better Homes and Gardens: New Junior Cookbook

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