Monday, March 25

A Recipe! {Jazzy Tortellini}

It's been a long while since I've shared a recipe.

Not that I can really call this a recipe.

I think it originated from a lot of leftovers and boredom.

Either way it's yummy!!

And so easy.

Under 30 minutes easy - perfect for busy weeknights.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 package of tortellini (I prefer one with a chicken filling but cheese is also yummy)
  • diced ham (Here I used leftover bone-in ham I cut, portioned and froze from dinner a while ago)
  • mushrooms (I usually go for white stuffers)
  • broccoli (I prefer fresh over frozen)
  • olive oil
  • butter
As with all my recipes, anything can be changed, subbed or added. I've put diced bell pepper in this as well as shrimp. You could add any veggies you like, make it meatless or class it up with some criminis. It's up to you!

If you time this well, you can be eating in as little as 20 minutes - half the reason this is such a great recipe. If you buy sliced mushrooms and pre cut (or frozen) broccoli, there is virtually zero prep!

Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. You'll be mixing everything in the pot once it's all cooked so use a BIG pot. While you're waiting for your water, heat some olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over med-high heat. I always eye ball the amounts but a little extra is ok because it will help coat the pasta when everything is mixed together.

As the pan is heating, slice the mushrooms. Add them the pan as soon as the butter melts and starts to foam. Then cut up your broccoli into bite size florets and dump them in the pan. Add the ham when the veggies are about halfway cooked.

Some people like a caramelized mushroom or maybe you're a mushy broccoli eater. You add your ingredients whenever it would make your heart happy.

I prefer my mushrooms a little caramelized but my broccoli still a little crisp so I tend to let the mushrooms cook a bit more before I add the broccoli.

Add the pasta to the water once it boils and cook for about 5 minutes.

Drain the pasta, put it back in the pot and add the ham and veggies once they are cooked to your heart's desire. If you were a little stingy on the oil and butter earlier, add a touch more oil just to lightly coat everything.

Season with salt and pepper, dish up and top with CHEESE.

I like A LOT of cheese.


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