In honor of the premiere of america’s next top model (ahem, and of this blog!), I decided to make dinner for a couple of girlfriends. Since Fall is upon us, comfort food was in order. It was easy, super yummy (hello melted cheese, we are engaged), and fed the 3 of us with seconds and lunch for the next day. And it’s vegetarian. Although that means there’s no bacon at all, it was still good. Yay us!
Spinach & Artichoke Tortellini Bake
serves 6 with leftovers / adapted from this recipe.
Here’s what I used:
- 2 pounds of cheese tortellini (i used one pound of spinach & cheese, 1 pound of regular)
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 3 cups of reduced-fat milk
- Fresh whole nutmeg
- 3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 2 10-oz boxes frozen spinach, defrosted according to package directions
- 2 15-oz cans of quartered artichoke hearts, drained
- 1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozza
- 1/2 cup shredded asiago
- 1/2 cup shredded parmigiano reggiano (please not the stuff in the green tub, it’s worth it)
- Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
Here’s what I did:
- Fill a large pot of water, cover, and put over high heat to boil.
- Preheat broiler.
- Wrap defrosted spinach in paper towels and squeeze the moisture from spinach. Add to a bowl with artichoke hearts.
- Put another large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat and melt the butter.
- Cook the garlic over medium-low heat for 3-4 min., careful not to burn it.
- Sprinkle flour over the butter and blend with a whisk for about a minute.
- Slowly whisk in milk and raise heat to bring up to a simmer. Season with S, P, & a few grates of nutmeg using a microplane or other grater.
- Heavily salt the boiling pasta water and add tortellini. Cook for about 1 minute less than package directions and drain.
- Once the sauce has thickened a bit (in about 5-7 minutes), add the veggies and stir to coat. Season with S & P again. If sauce gets too thick, add more milk.
- Add pasta to the sauce, stir to combine, and put it in a huge casserole dish (mine is 3 qt).
- Cover with blended cheeses and broil until slightly browned and is a mass of melty pasta goodness.