Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quick and Easy Tortellini in Basil Pesto

Prepared May, 2014. In a recent tasting study, America’s Test Kitchen decided that a shelf-stable product by the leading Italian pasta maker got highest marks. Marrying this product with a prepared pesto sauce yields a delicious meal quickly.
3 oz (85 g) Three-Cheese Tortellini (Barilla™ is recommended)
2 oz (56 g) basil pesto sauce (Kirkland™)
grated Parmesan cheese as desired
Bring a quart (liter) of salted water to a rapid boil in a sauce pan. Stir in the tortellini, lower the heat to a fast simmer, and cook uncovered 11 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta in a collander, letting the hot water fill a serving bowl to heat it. move the colander, dump the water carefully, add the pesto to warm briefly, and then the drained pasta. Toss gently, plate and top with cheese. Serves one, but scales up to 4 servings easily.