Need a dinner idea that'll get your whole family around the table tonight? I partnered with Bertolli® to share a delicious recipe for Creamy Tortellini Alfredo.
When it comes to dinnertime, I'm just going to be honest. We don't always sit down at the table together. Some nights we sit on the couch. It's true. A recent conversation with other moms in our homeschool group gave me food for thought, no pun intended. That conversation, coupled with the opportunity to create a Tuscan-inspired, spring-inspired Alfredo dish, really motivated me to clear the table of all the school books, all the pencils and markers, and all the tests and papers. In the end, this Creamy Tortellini Alfredo was the clincher in bringing us back to the family table.
The mission: “Bring Tuscany to your Table”… It has been a lifelong dream of mine to some day visit Tuscany. I've only ever seen photos of this beautiful place; in fact, the calendar above my desk is filled with beautiful photos of Tuscany. I can imagine that it must be a very peaceful part of Italy with rolling hills and luscious, beautiful colors… warm and inviting. I can only imagine what the food must be like; I'm certain if I ever visited Tuscany, I'd probably never want to leave.
It's that same peaceful feeling that I wanted to bring to our family meals (you know, the one when you stare into the photo on your calendar and imagine you're there breathing in the scents, warm sun shining down, a slight breeze wisping hair about your face). The dinner table should be something to look forward to, a place to catch up, a place to be at home.
Creating a simple yet warm, inviting table scape was my first priority. And you know, for a table to be inviting, it doesn't have to be fancy. I'm quite certain I only own 1 complete set of place mats. So, I chose to go the eclectic route, mixing and matching. Adding a plate, silverware, and glasses for each person came next. Of course, what table would be complete without a beautiful centerpiece? For this simple centerpiece, I grabbed my pruning shears and went out to the back yard to cut a few flowers. We have a bush that's filled with beautiful pink blooms right now, and a mason jar makes the perfect vase for fresh cut flowers.
After clearing the table and setting it up for the meal, it's time to make dinner. Again, dinner doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, this dinner was so simple, easy to make, and delicious, we all agreed it's going to become a regular meal.
Creamy Tortellini Alfredo is a rather quick meal. Creating a simpler meal just means you have more time together as a family. To make this dish, cook the tortellini according to package directions. Slice the sausage links and add to a skillet, along with the peas. Once the tortellini has been cooked and drained, add it in with the peas and sausage. Add a jar of Bertolli® Creamy Alfredo Sauce, along with basil; mix together well. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the ingredients are well heated.
This pasta is so delicious with a little Parmesan sprinkled on top. Since we don't like wine, we paired our pasta with a little bit of sparkling grape juice… It was delicious! It was one meal that even our picky 7 year old loved; he actually asked for seconds and not dessert. How often does that happen?!
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- 1 pkg. frozen cheese tortellini
- 8-10 oz. fresh or frozen peas
- 1 pkg. smoked sausage link
- 1 jar Bertolli Creamy Alfredo Sauce
- 1 tsp. basil
- Parmesan cheese
- Cook tortellini, according to package directions.
- Slice smoked sausage link/s.
- Add peas and sausage links to large skillet.
- Drain tortellini and add to skillet, along with Bertolli Creamy Alfredo Sauce.
- Add basil and mix ingredients together in skillet.
- Cook on low to medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.
- Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Enjoy!
Serving Size:1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 537mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 17gSugar: 17gProtein: 24g
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