Posts tagged tortellini

Spinach & Lentil Tortellini Soup

½ cup dry lentils
2 cups coarsely shredded carrots (I vigorously chopped one cup with my Pampered Chef chopper, and then just cut the remaining cup into slices with varying thickness)
1 large onion (this I chopped up with the PC chopper)
4 oz chopped ham (Canadian bacon is what we used – this was a challenge to find and we only found it in 5 oz packs)
2 cloves garlic (we used 4 – 2 were small and we like garlic)
2 tsp dried basil
1 ½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp pepper
5 cups red. sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
9 oz froz. Tortellini
4 cups torn up fresh spinach

1. rinse/drain lentils – pour in 4qt crock pot
2. add carrots
3. add onion
4. add ham
5. add MINCED garlic
6. add spices
7. add broth/water over all and cook on low for (6.5 hours or low for 3.25 hours the book says – we did 6 hours)
8. in the last 30 mins add the tortellini
9. RIGHT before you serve stir in the spinach

*adapted from BHG: Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes – page 49

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Tortellini & Chicken Supper

9 oz pack. Ref cheese tortellini
10 oz froz. Peas (we used 16 ozs of peas… LOVED the extra peas)
8 oz carton cream cheese with chives/onions
½ cup sour cream
½ tsp Creole seasoning (we did NOT use this)
9 oz cooked chicken (calls for frozen – but use what you want)

1. cook the chicken to your liking (9 oz of chicken) the recipe calls for frozen chicken and that is what we used – we cooked the chicken by boiling it

2. cook the tortellini (9 oz) according to package (or until desired softness) we cooked ours a bit longer (approx 5 mins)

3. heat the peas (the recipe states to heat the peas by pouring the hot tortellini water over them, BUT we just threw the peas in with the tortellini and that worked out well enough)

4. drain everything

5. heat sour cream/cream cheese in same pot (YES this is a ONE pot meal – if you make it the way we did) [I did add a bit more cream cheese, we had some left over from bagels when my mom visited and I didn’t want it to go bad and with the extra peas the extra cream is good to have.  Josh also bought fat free sour cream for this recipe]

6. toss in chicken, peas and tortellini and serve (we topped ours with fresh parmesan!! – we LOVE cheese)

*adapted from 1001 FER – page 273

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