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Creamy Tortellini With Peas

Health MARCH 2007

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-ounce) package fresh spinach tortellini
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

1. Cook fresh spinach tortellini according to the package directions. Drain well.

2. While the pasta cooks, melt unsalted butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, 1 minute. Add the flour and stir constantly, 30 seconds. Gradually stir in milk, then add the peas and basil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture simmers and thickens slightly, 3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, and stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

3. In a large shallow bowl, toss the cooked spinach tortellini and the sauce. Serve warm.

Quick tip: For an easy, earthy spin on this recipe, substitute 1 cup sliced mushrooms for the onion.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 225
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 322mg
  • Calcium: 12mg
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