Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dinner from the Fridge

We all know I love getting creative by using up ingredients we already have on hand to make dinner. It's just so relaxing knowing that I don't have to make an extra trip to the grocery store on a busy weeknight and still make a SUPER yummy meal! I had a package of Buitoni Herbed Chicken Tortellini in the fridge and decided to make dinner with it. I ALWAYS pick up one of these when they go on sale cuz they last practically forever and take no time to cook up! This is also a one-pot type of meal, which means that I have less cleanup to do! I'm embarassed to even call this a recipe below but more like just throwing a bunch of ingredients together with a REALLY yummy result!

Ingredients: (3-4 servings)

1 pkg (20 oz) refrigerated Tortellini (whatever flavor works!)
1 Tbsp butter
1 c sliced fresh mushrooms
6 slices of ham, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 c half and half (while milk or heavy cream work just as well)
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp dry Italian seasoning
1/2 c shredded Mozzarella cheese


1. Cook Tortellini according to package directions in a large pot. Drain and set aside.

2. Melt butter in the same pot and add mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ham, half and half and bring to a boil.

3. Turn off heat and stir in cream cheese until melted. Add Italian seasoning and Tortellini.

4. Stir in Mozzarella cheese just before serving.


Camille said...

Yum! I love it when you can throw together a last-minute meal from stuff you have on hand... and it's awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

TasteHongKong said...

That is what I have been doing. Cheers!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love the creativity that sparks when you have a desire to do with what you have. We did this last night for dinner...had cornmeal-crusted catfish, used up a bit of cabbage for coleslaw, and I had a bunch of leftover risotto, so I baked them with some sausage and a bit of cheese in ramekins! This is sometimes when we come up with great meals - when we are forced to be creative. Congrats, good job!

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