February 13 is Tortellini Day!

February 13 is Tortellini Day. Imagine, a day to celebrate pasta filled with cheese or meat! Sounds good to me! I love these little pasta rings! They taste great in salads and prepared in any recipe that would utilize pasta! Here are a couple recipes that use tortellini and are just delicious! One is a complete meal in a dish and the other is a nice side dish that in fact can be a perfect lunch!

Chicken Cheese Tortellini Cacciatore

  • 4 cups cooked cheese tortellini
  • 1 1b. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepper
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 can diced onion, basil, garlic tomatoes
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Cut up the chicken and saute in the oil in a frying pan.
  3. Add in the onions, peppers, garlic, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the sauce and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tortellini, cover, and heat through on low for about 10 minutes longer.
  6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Tortellini Salad

  • 1 lb. tortellini
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1/2 cup minced red or sweet onion
  • 1 cup chopped or small tomatoes1 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1 cup Greek salad dressing.
  • 1 cup feta cheese or any cheese cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  1. Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Cool.
  2. Mix all ingredients and serve.
  3. Makes 4 generous servings.

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