I don't remember the first time I ever ate tortellini, but I was hooked. It might have been at my sister-in-law Pat's house. She used to buy spinach-mushroom tortellini from Aldi.
What's so great about tortellini?
1. It's quick. Boil 2 inches of water and drop those puppies in.. When they float , they're done. Don't let them float around or they'll get mushy. Drain them, add red or white sauce if you want, and then eat.
2. It's hearty. Because there's filling inside, unlike regular pasta, it'll stick to your ribs longer.
4. It's versatile. You can serve it with or without sauce. Yes, that's right. Sometimes all I do is toss mine in olive oil and then sprinkle a generous handful of grated Parmesan over that.
5. It sounds cute: tortellini. Say it five times fast and see if you don't find yourself smiling.
Bam! A hot lunch in under five minutes and it wasn't microwaved!
Put a salad with it, maybe a slice of garlic toast, and perhaps a glass of wine. If you want some meatballs, they take just a little longer, but still, this is a super fast meal that satisfies the teeming masses. Okay, maybe you don't typically serve teeming masses, but if you were to do so, they'd be satisfied and you wouldn't have slaved over a hot stove all day.
Tortellini. You've got a delicious, no-fuss, honest-to-goodness meal right then and there.
If, however, you do want to fuss a little to make a sauce from scratch, check out this blog where the photo is from. Looks yummy, huh?
Lesson learned: Keep tortellini on hand at all times.