This creamy tortellini and vegetable pasta is a real crowd pleaser. To make it even quicker, use frozen chopped vegetables instead of fresh. Serve with: A green salad and whole-grain baguette.
Ingredients (5 servings)
1 14-ounce can vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup shredded fontina cheese or ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon, dill or chives or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
⅛ teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots and snap peas, or 16-ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 16-ounce package frozen cheese tortellini
Preparation (Ready in 25 min)
- Put a large pot of water on to boil.
- Meanwhile, whisk broth and flour in a small bowl. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth mixture to the pan, bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese, tarragon (or dill or chives) and salt.
- Add vegetables and tortellini to the boiling water; return the water to a simmer and cook until the vegetables and tortellini are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain; add to the pan with the sauce and stir to coat.
Serving size: about 1¼ cups
Per serving: 426 calories; 15.0 g fat(8.0 g sat); 5.0 g fiber; 55.0 g carbohydrates; 15.0 g protein; 53.0 mcg folate; 68 mg cholesterol; 5.0 g sugars; 0.0 g added sugars; 6369.0 IU vitamin A; 23.0 mg vitamin C; 300.0 mg calcium; 2.0 mg iron; 609 mg sodium; 342.0 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (127% daily value), Vitamin C (38% dv), Calcium (30% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 3½
Exchanges: 3 starch, 1½ vegetable, 1 high-fat meat, 2 fat