Daily Archives: August 2, 2011

No time to cook? Try this.

Yes, it even happens to me. A late day at work or just a lack of inspiration to come up with something new. This is my weeknight go to meal that can be made in about 20 minutes.  Dressing it up with fresh herbs and serving a salad on the side makes this a healthy and easy alternative that anyone can pull off looking like a hero. Coming from a person that makes his own pasta 95% of the time, I don’t have a problem buying the fresh pasta that any major grocer now carries for occasions like these. Your options to pick from are enormous, from meat and cheese ravioli to chicken tortellini, whatever your tastebuds desire.

The easiest dinner ever.

Tortellini Soup: Serves 3-4
1 48oz box of low sodium chicken broth
1 9oz package of fresh store bought tortellini
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
2 Tbl fresh grated parmesan
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
Fresh oregano or basil for garnish

Method:
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a covered pot. Add salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Boil pasta with the lid on according to directions on the packaged pasta, about 6 minutes. The chicken broth will foam up while boiling so turn down the heat to maintain a high simmer and prevent making a mess. Ladle into bowls, top with parmesan and fresh herbs.
Serve with a salad on the side. Take leftovers to work the next day for lunch!


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