Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tortellini Cream Spinach

1 Package Barilla Tortellini (Cheese & Spinach)
1 Box Frozen Chopped Spinach
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2/3 cup Milk
4 oz Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Grated Kraft Parmesan and Romano Cheese
1 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2-1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2-1 tsp Garlic Powder (1 Garlic Clove)
Dash Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Fresh Shredded Parmesan Romano Cheese
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Start water in pot to boil. Cook Spinach as directed on package (I cook mine in the microwave for 7 min, and then take out season with a little pepper, salt, and 1/2 tsp of butter, then cook for 1 minute, drain and set aside.)
While waiting for water to boil, in a skillet on low heat, cut cream cheese into pieces and place in skillet. Add Cream and Milk. Warm until cream cheese starts to melt add Kraft Cheese (use whisk to blend together). Add Pepper, Salt, Garlic Salt, Garlic Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, mix together. Raise heat to low-medium heat. Once sauce has warmed and combined together add spinach, raise heat to a slight simmer, be careful not burn the sauce!!! Stir often!!! Simmer for 5 minutes just to combine flavors. Add 1/2 cup of both shredded cheeses, stir then set aside. Drain noodles, return to pot, add sauce to noodles, stir gently together, top with more fresh shredded cheese.

By: Melissa Frederick

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