sl - Keep-It-Casual Italian Menu
Antipasto means "before the meal." Each ingredient is called an "antipasti." Provolone is usually packaged in half-moon shapes and found on the specialty cheese aisle. We prefer the taste and texture of provolone cheese labeled "sharp" (or "piquant") over low-sodium choices. We also like the mildly seasoned Genoa salami over smoky hard salami.
1. Arrange provolone cheese and next 5 ingredients on a serving platter; drizzle with olive oil. Squeeze juice from lemon over antipasto, and sprinkle with next 3 ingredients. Serve immediately with breadsticks, crackers, or sliced Italian bread.
*2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley may be substituted.
Our Test Kitchens tried this pasta cooking method several times. By draining and rinsing with cold water, the tortellini will not stick together while you prepare the sauce. Pasta cooked just until firm to the bite is called "al dente."
1. Stir together first 3 ingredients. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; cut into 1-inch pieces.
2. Bring 5 qt. of salted water to a boil; add tortellini, and cook 6 minutes or just until tender. (Pasta should still be firm to bite.) Drain; rinse with cold water, and drain well again. Place in a serving bowl.
3. Sauté garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat 1 minute or until garlic is lightly browned. Stir in mushrooms, asparagus, and salt; sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in Alfredo sauce mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
4. Pour sauce mixture over cooked tortellini; toss gently. Sprinkle with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Buitoni Light Refrigerated Alfredo Sauce and Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini.
Creamy Tortellini Primavera
Let your kitchen be the dining room for this laid-back get-together. (Serves 4)
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