Monday, August 31, 2009

Mmmm Mmmm Monday: Tortellini with Red Pepper & Peas

This recipe came from one of my dearest friends, Natali. We tried it here the other night and everyone LOVED it. So I'm sharing it with you.

Tortellini with Red Pepper & Peas
1 bag frozen cheese Tortellini (we used 2 small bags)
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
1-1/2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 of a large onion, diced
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup of half and half (or no-fat milk)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Start water for tortellini and bring to a boil, add pasta.
Saute garlic & onion in olive oil until tender. Toss in red pepper. Remove veggies from pan.
add wine, and allow to reduce for 1-2 minutes. Add half and half/milk. Gradually whisk in Parmesan. Season with salt, pepper & basil.
Right before the tortellini is done (last two minutes or so), add peas. Drain and put back into pot. Add veggies and sauce to the tortellini and mix to coat. Serve immediately.

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