Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Easy Tortellini Alfredo

This is one of those meals that make you think, "Why didn't I come up with that?"  I call this something you make.  It is cooking, but do you really need a recipe?  No.  Change out the meat.  Change out the pasta.  Pick your own veggies.  And it's totally different!  You will definitely add this to your rotation.  It's in my sweetie's top 10, so I try to make it 5-6 times a year.  I can't make it too often.  Then it wouldn't be special!!

as Mrs. Guidice would say: your ingrediences

boil water...I mean how hard is that?

get that nasty intestine casing off the sausage

chop your broccoli

boiling sausage. it's about done.

turn the heat down on the burner you used for the sausage. we're going to use the same pan for the sauce.  add pasta to boiling water.  oooo is that a hotpoint?

I think I'm gonna barf.  drain the sausage, please!

add sauce to pan with nutmeg and chopped sausage. heat through.

the pasta takes about 7 minutes to boil.  when it has about two minutes left, add the broccoli.

broccoli is done. pasta should be too.

propped up and draining

excuse to use my BIG BIG metal bowl

hot n steamy

Easy Tortellini Alfredo

Easy Tortellini Alfredo
  • 20 oz hot Italian sausage (5 links for 5 people)
  • 18 oz tricolor cheese tortellini
  • 2 broccoli crowns
  • 2 jars Alfredo sauce
  • 1tbsp nutmeg
Get out your pots and pans of choice and boil water to prepare for your pasta and sausage.  I like my sausage cooked this way for this pasta dish.  You could brown it or grill it if you prefer.  I think this is the quickest method though really, and cover the sausage with the lid to get it to cook faster and all the way through.  You don't want to get trichinosis.  Or as my mom calls it, "The trich."

Do I really need to write this all out?  Can't you just look at the pictures?

Ugh.  Remove the sausage casings.  Boil the whole links.  Put a lid on it.  Don't cut them first and then  boil.  This makes for prettier sliced on the diagonal slices.  This takes about 15 minutes.  While the sausage is cooking, cut the broccoli.

When you're done cutting the broccoli and the sausage is almost done, add the pasta to the water.  Set the timer for 7 minutes.  Drain the sausage, slice it on the diagonal, and wipe out that pan with a paper towel.  Add the sauce to the pan and the nutmeg. Place sausage slices in the sauce and stir it all around.  By the time it's heated through, your pasta will be ready.  Add the broccoli to the pasta when the pasta has about two minutes left.  I start eating pasta pieces to check if it's ready for the broccoli.

As soon as you add the broccoli, set the timer for two minutes.  Don't overcook the broccoli.  This is not cafeteria food.  Drain the pasta and broccoli and add it to the sauce.   Done!  
Serve it with some garlic bread or a salad.  

We ate it by itself, for lunch the next day, and again for dinner two nights in a row.  Well, there are only two of us!  It is GREAT for leftovers!