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Quick Meals are at the top of my list now that school is back in full force and Tortellini Toss is one that made the dinner table this week. Here’s how we made it on the quick & easy side of the counter;
This recipe can be made in 15 minutes on a busy night, IF you prep ahead of time & I’m including all of those details…
Tortellini Toss by Jodie Fitz
1 pound tri-colored tortellini
1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
1 1/2 – 2 cups finely chopped spinach
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon basil*
1/2 teaspoon coarse pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. I have learned to cook a bulk of our meals ahead of time; either on a Sunday or the night before.
2. The sausage can be cooked in advance. If you pop the turkey sausage into a glass baking dish coated with light olive oil or non-stick cooking spray in a 375 degree pre-heated oven oven for 35 – 40 minutes, you can prep the vegetables.
3. Rinse, remove the seeds of the peppers and chop each one into small pieces. Saute the peppers and chopped onions in the 1/2 cup of light olive until they are cooked with a slight crispness to them. Stir in the spices and spinach and let it cool.
4. Once the sausage is fully cooked, cut them into small pieces.
5. Stir the sausage and vegetable mixture together and either freeze or refrigerate in a proper container.
6. The night you are ready to serve Tortellini Toss for dinner, simply cook the tortellini as directed. Warm through the vegetables, toss it together & serve for one quick & easy dinner that will keep you out of the fast food lines and at the dinner table!
SPINACH NOTE: I use the baby fresh spinach leaves and chop them in my mini chopper, but a food processor does the trick.
SAUSAGE NOTE: Grilling the sausage adds a GREAT flavor to this mixture; take advantage before the grills go into hibernation!
OLIVE OIL NOTE: If needed for moisture, simply add 1 additional tablespoon at a time during the toss, but the vegetables should release enough juices during the heating process.
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