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This recipe was sent in by a reader - thank you.

As yet, we have not tried it ourselves but we've added it as it sounds a lovely quick and easy recipe, ideal for those days when you don't feel like cooking. Once we have tried and tested it we will add picture and opinion!

Update - May 2006 - Tried this recipe using Morrison's Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini. Recipe worked well but needed approx. half a pint of milk. Sauce was a little bland and next time I think I'd add some herbs for a bit more flavour.. Didn't have any cream so that might have made a difference if added.

Overall it was a nice recipe, extremely quick to make so ideal for a rush meal. Made quite enough for two people, it's very filling.

 

Quick Tortellini Pasta in a Creamy Sauce

This is a really quick meal prepared from one of those 300g packs of Cheese, Tomato & Basil tortellini that you can get from Tesco.You can of course choose any of the fillings that they do. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 300 g pack of Tortellini
  • 1/4 pint (150ml) Milk but may need more during cooking.
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Pepper
  • 2 tbsp cream (optional)

Method

The secret of this recipe is to cook them in a completely different way to the instructions....which tell you to boil them in water instead:-

Put the milk into a saucepan, place on gentle heat.

Add the Nutmeg, salt and pepper

Drop in the Tortellini, make sure they are separated as you drop them in.

Heat, bringing up to a very gentle simmer, turn gently with spoon. pop the lid on in between stirs.

During cooking, which will only take about 4-5 minutes, the Tortelli will soak up the milk and cook and more milk may be needed. Adjust the amount of milk to suit...This will produce a nice creamy sauce to go with the pasta. ( the starch from the pasta combines with the milk to thicken it) If you have it, stir in about 2 tablespoons of fresh cream at the end of cooking.

Serve with your choice of salad, cole slaw or whatever and a big chunk of French Stick

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