Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Frugal Tortellini

   My family has been making this dish for as long as I can remember.  I have no idea what the original recipe consisted of but I assume it is very close to this.  Creator (or at least the person who introduced it to us) was Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet.  He was a childhood staple of mine.  I didn't watch Saturday morning cartoons; I watched the cooking shows on PBS (and the Discovery Channel documentaries.  Side note:  I really miss the old school DC when all they showed was nature docs.)  However, his show was canceled in the last 90s because he allegedly liked to touch the teenage boys.  This is a really simple, fast, and easy meal that won't break the bank.  It can be whipped up spur of the moment from items that are easy to keep on hand.
Frugal Tortellini
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 
1C chopped onions (half of a medium onion)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 (14 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (12 oz) pkg frozen green peas
1 lb cheese tortellini (frozen is best)
2-3 slices prosciutto
Parmesan cheese

   On a broiler pan, cook prosciutto at 375 deg F for 12-15 minutes, until crispy.
   Heat oil over medium heat.  Saute onions until tender.  Toss in garlic.  Cook for about 30 seconds.  Add tomatoes and peas.  (If using no salt added tomatoes add a little salt.)  Cook until peas have thawed, heated through, and liquid has reduced by half.  About 8 minutes.
   Cook tortellini according to package directions.  Toss with "sauce".  Serve with crispy prosciutto crumbled over the top and a little shaved parmesan.
   Serves 4.


  1. I love tortellini - I really have to try this!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  2. MMMMM looks good! Couldn't resist but to comment about it..Looks like a yummy recipe!

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  3. Yum! This looks amazing...I need to start COOKING and not just bake :p


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