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