Creamy Sausage Tortellini With Swiss Chard & Vegetables

2-3
Servings
5-10m
Prep Time
15-20m
Cook Time
20m
Ready In


"A real comforting; yet, very quick, and easy dish to prepare. I took advantage of a good quality 'store brand' tortellini; which really made this a 30 minute meal. Now, I used swiss chard - because, I had it growing in the garden; but, kale would also be a good substitute. I made this to serve 2-3; so, you could always double the recipe. It really depends what else you are serving it with."

Original recipe yields 2-3 servings
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  • FOR VEGETABLES

Nutritional

  • Serving Size: 1 (412 g)
  • Calories 1192.6
  • Total Fat - 98 g
  • Saturated Fat - 47.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 277.1 mg
  • Sodium - 2202.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 13.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 2.5 g
  • Protein - 64.1 g
  • Calcium - 1252 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

*NOTE: Swiss Chard - I used 2 very large and 1 small leaf; plus a few of the tender thin ribs. But, that was from my garden. Most chard in the grocery store; the leaves are smaller; so 3-4 leaves would be about right. You can use the ribs; but, I only cut the tender/thinner ribs. And, make sure to dice them really small; they can be very tough.

Step 2

Seasoning Blend - I make my own and keep this in the freezer all the time; however, you can also buy it in most grocery stores. It is a blend of 1/2 onion; then, 1/2 of a blend of celery, red/green bell pepper. I use this mix all the time.

Step 3

Pasta ... Cook the pasta according to package directions, in plenty of salted water. Then, drain and set to the side. I did this in a deep saute pan; and, used the same pan for the vegetables. I just transferred the pasta to my serving bowl with a little of the water (just a couple of tablespoons), and covered with foil. The water prevents the pasta from sticking.

Step 4

Vegetables ... Add the olive oil to the same pan you cooked the pasta in; and, bring to medium heat. Add the seasoning blend, red pepper flakes, swiss chard ribs, mushrooms; and, saute 3-4 minutes. Then, add a pinch of salt and pepper; and, saute another couple of minutes. Add the swiss chard leaves, sun dried tomatoes, chicken broth; and, cover. Cook 3-4 minutes; then, remove the cover. Add the cream and simmer on medium heat; just until the cream begins to reduce, and the vegetables are tender.

Step 5

Finish ... Add the cooked tortellini and cheese to the sauce; and, toss to combine.

Step 6

Serve and ENJOY! ... Now, depending on what else you serve with this - it will serve, on average, 2-3 people. About 8-10 tortellini per person, is what I figured. But, each brand is a bit different in the amount of tortellini per package. Also, you can always add more or less vegetables to the dish as well. So, it is very flexible. A nice citrus salad is the perfect side dish.

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