Spinach and Cheese Tortellini Primavera

I had a package of tortellini in the refrigerator to use up so I went in search of veggies I could toss with the pasta.  I grabbed some grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, asparagus, bell pepper, onion, zucchini, and yellow squash.  I did a quick sauté before tossing the veggies and the tortellini together with some fresh Parmesan cheese.  It was a light and flavorful side dish that my husband and I really enjoyed.  The kids liked the pasta more than the veggies but still ate it.  I served this pasta primavera with the Herb Pork Chops with Caramelized Shallots - it was a delicious meal.

Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat.  Cook the tortellini per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the broccoli florets and onions, making sure to stir often, cook for 4-5 minutes.  Add the remaining vegetables, and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes; add the minced garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute.

Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Toss the cooked and drained pasta in with the veggies, add a drizzle of olive oil, then toss in the Parmesan cheese and parsley, add a touch of pasta cooking water if desired.  Taste and re-season if needed. Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Spinach and Cheese Tortellini Primavera

Yield: 4-5

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 package of spinach and cheese tortellini
2-3 tsp olive oil (more for drizzling)
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup of broccoli florets
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
5 spears of asparagus, wooden ends removed, cut into thirds
1/2 a zucchini, diced
1/2 a yellow squash, diced
Handful of grape tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese (more if desired)
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat. Cook the tortellini per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the broccoli florets and onions, making sure to stir often, cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the remaining vegetables, and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes; add the minced garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute.

Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss the cooked and drained pasta in with the veggies, add a drizzle of olive oil, then toss in the Parmesan cheese and parsley, add a touch of pasta cooking water if desired. Taste and re-season if needed. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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30 Responses to “Spinach and Cheese Tortellini Primavera”

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    Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab — March 19, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    That’s such a beautiful, colorful dish! Sounds tasty!

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    mia xara — March 19, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Lots of color, as well as taste! A very nice and light dish! XO

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    lenia — March 19, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    I love this colorful and healthy spring pasta dish!xxx

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — March 19, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    This pasta looks so fresh and healthy. What an easy on-bowl weeknight meal!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 19, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    I love how much veggies are in this dish – great for meatless Mondays :)

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    Resh — March 19, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    Hi…great dish…do link it to my on going event ‘ Say Cheese’…;)

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    Choc Chip Uru — March 20, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    This dish looks super deliicious – a perfect dinner even :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    nina — March 20, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Love the vibrant colors and biting into a tortelini is like opening a present…..Beautiful!

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    Diane — March 20, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    Now that I would be very happy to have as a main course, it looks delicious. Diane

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    Blog is the New Black — March 20, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    Great spring recipe!

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    Debbie — March 20, 2012 @ 3:35 am

    Such a pretty dish….I would eat the veggies and my son would eat all the pasta!

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    Blond Duck — March 20, 2012 @ 4:38 am

    This looks like the perfect summer meal!

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    Kim in MD — March 20, 2012 @ 5:08 am

    You always find the best ingredients in your fridge, Pam! What a beautiful bowl of pasta. There’s a rainbow of vegetables in that bowl! I love that you resisted the urge to add heavy cream, which is the way most pasta primavera is prepared. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — March 20, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    What a gorgeous plate, Pam! I do love tortellini, but Chris is not a big fan so I don’t make it too often…. I might have to make an exception here!!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — March 20, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    I love all the colors in this dish! It says spring!

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    Mary — March 20, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    What a perfect recipe for spring. It really sounds fabulous. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Peggy Recker — March 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    That looks so good!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 20, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Spring in a bowl! Looks so light, fresh and tasty!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — March 20, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    This pasta reminds me of spring and today is the first day. Perfect with pork chops.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — March 20, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Yum! Look at all those fresh veggies and lovely colors! Perfect for spring!

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    gloria — March 20, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    look nice and lovely for spring!

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    Joanne — March 20, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    I haven’t had tortellini in FOREVER but this is just the kind of dish I’m craving! Love all those veggies!

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — March 20, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    That dish looks so fresh and delicious! A perfect side dish or even an entree!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — March 20, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    I love all the vegetables with tortellini, it looks so healthy and tasty.

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    Robin Noreblom — March 21, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Hi, wow this recipe look great…and colorful… perferct for the spring season.. I wanna try :-)

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    Robin Noreblom — March 21, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    ooo I forgot… this is my new blog http://theonewiththefryingpan.blogspot.se/ … soon there will be nice and tasty stuff. :-) See you around guys :-)

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    Chris — March 23, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    I love tortellini enough that I MIGHT even eat it if it was made with fish. Okay, maybe not! But I’d eat this veggie tortellini all day long, it looks great Pam.

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    Lauren — May 30, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Found your website recently and have been making a lot of dishes! This was fabulous! I loved it – I was never a fan of tortellini because I thought it was boring, but adding the veggies made it exciting! I will make this again for sure!!!

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    Jazmin — October 31, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    Looks pretty and delicious!
    The link to Herb Pork Chops does not work.

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    • Pam replied: — October 31st, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

      Jazmin,

      Thanks for letting me know… I have corrected the link.

      Cheers,
      Pam

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