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Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Additional grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions
Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender.

Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Add the tomatoes, spinach, basil, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes.

Stir in cream and cheese. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened.

Drain tortellini; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

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Cheesy Sausage Penne

Ingredients
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 package (16 ounces) uncooked penne pasta
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
4 green onions, sliced
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and onions.
In a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish, layer half of the pasta and sausage mixture. Dollop with half the cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings

Note: I usually add mushrooms to this, especially fresh ones.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Sausage Penne

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Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato Tortellini Soup

Ingredients
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup, undiluted
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Additional shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions
Cook tortellini according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the soup, broth, milk, cream, tomatoes and seasonings. Heat through, stirring frequently.

Drain tortellini; carefully add to soup. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle each serving with additional cheese if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Tomato Tortellini Soup

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
1 pound ground beef
6 bacon strips, diced
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1/2 cup water
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Barbecue sauce and prepared mustard, optional

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.

In the same skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings. Drain pasta; add to the skillet. Stir in the soup, water, beef and bacon; heat through.

Remove from the heat and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with barbecue sauce and mustard if desired. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Recipe found here: Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

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Tomato Basil Linguine

Tomato Basil Linguine

Ingredients
1 pound Brie or Camembert cheese, rind removed and cut into small pieces
4 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1-1/2 pounds uncooked linguine
Shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions
In a large serving bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1-1/2 hours.
Cook linguine according to package directions; drain. Toss with cheese mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Tomato Basil Linguine

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Creamy Vegetable Bow Tie Toss

Creamy Vegetable Bow Tie Toss

Ingredients
12 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups cut fresh asparagus (about 1/2 pound)
2 medium sweet onions, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
1/3 cup butter, cubed
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/2 cup prepared ranch dip
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute vegetables in butter for 5 minutes. Stir in broth; cook for 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, dip, cheese, parsley, basil and salt; stir into skillet and heat through. Drain pasta; add to the skillet and toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Vegetable Bow Tie Toss

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lasagna rolls

Lasagna Rolls

Ingredients
6 lasagna noodles
1 pound ground beef
1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon fennel seed, optional
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and fennel seed if desired; heat through.

Drain noodles. Spread 1/4 cup meat sauce over each noodle; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Carefully roll up noodles and place seam side down in an 8-in.-square baking dish. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Lasagna Rolls

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