This is one of my go-to meals after a long day. It’s super easy and is can be ready in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is adapted from a Pampered Chef recipe for tortellini and is a family size version of that recipe. Makes 6-8 large portions.
1 extra large package (24 oz) of tortellini (I like to use the 7 cheese tortellini from Costco)
1 ham steak or 1 pound fully cooked ham portion, such as Cure 81
1-2 red bell peppers, diced small
1 1/2 cubes butter
2 bags pre-washed baby spinach
grated parmesan or Romano cheese for garnish
- Boil tortellini in salted water according to package directions.
- Dice bell pepper and dice ham, set aside.
- Melt butter in a large (12″) skillet over medium heat. Cook and swirl butter in the skillet until melted and butter begins to turn slightly brown.
- Add bell pepper to butter and saute until it begins to become tender, 1-2 minutes.
- Add ham to skillet to heat through. Add spinach.
- Drain pasta well and add to skillet. Stir and allow spinach to wilt and flavors to combine, 2-3 minutes.
- Serve with sprinkling of grated parmesan or Romano cheese.
This is a very versatile method, just a pasta, a fully cooked meat and a vegetable cooked in a skillet.
- Cheese ravioli, or small shaped pasta (rotini, bow-tie, etc.) can be used in place of tortellini
- Ham can be replaced with other fully cooked meats, such as chicken sausage. Slice sausage into rounds.
- Other vegetables such as broccoli or green beans can be used in place of the spinach.
- Olive oil can be used in place of butter. Just heat up and continue with recipe.