Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easy Tortellini Toss

We made this recipe at Katy's Come Cook With Me just as it's printed below.  It was good.  I made it at home for dinner recently and replaced the ham with chicken breasts and like it even better.

3 Tbsp butter (melted)
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 garlic clove (pressed)
1 cup 2% milk
2 1/2 oz Parmesan cheese (grated - about 2/3 cup)
1- 8 oz slice deli ham (1/2" thick)
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 bag (16 oz) frozen cheese-filled tortellini
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
1 bag (6 oz) fresh baby spinach leaves

Combine butter and flour in saucepan over medium heat; whisk until smooth.  Add pressed garlic and milk to butter mixture; whisk well.  Mixture should thicken as it heats.  Add the cheese; whisk until smooth.  Dice ham and add  black pepper to saucepan.  Mix well and set aside.

Combine tortellini and chicken broth in a microwave safe casserole dish.   Microwave, covered, on high 12 - 15 minutes or until tortellini are tender, stirring every 4 - 5 minutes.  Add cheese sauce to baker, mix well.  Microwave, covered, on high 2 - 3 minutes or until heated through.  Stir in spinach; cover and let stand 2 - 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

This is very good, but when I replaced the ham with 1 lb of grilled chicken breasts marinated in 2 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of Italian Seasoning, it was even better.  I also replaced the milk with Half & Half for a creamier texture.

Mmmmm Good!

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