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Thursday, September 10, 2009


Cheese was the focus of tonight's dinner because it was fast, easy, and (despite all the cheese) relatively healthy.

Tortellini with Cheese Sauce
(Serves 4 - according to the package, 2 with a little leftover if you want it as your meal)

1 pkg whole wheat 3-cheese tortellini (I used Buitoni)
1 cup marinara sauce (I used Prego HeartSmart Traditional)
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups spinach (I used fresh baby spinach)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Cook tortellini acccording to package directions. Drain. In the now empty pan, add sauce, garlic, and cheese. Cook for a couple minutes until the cheese melts into the sauce. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Return tortellini to the pan and add seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir until evenly coated with sauce. Serve sprinkled with grated parmesiano cheese if desired.

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