Sunday, March 15, 2009

Brown Butter Tortellini with Spinach & Ham

This is a good old standby meal for me, so easy and delicious. My mother-in-law tuned me in to the recipe from Pampered Chef. Here it is for you to enjoy....

Just be sure to pick up the correct kind of tortellini, I once accidentally bought the "Herb Chicken" kind and it was not a good experience!

Brown Butter Tortellini with Spinach & Ham

1 pkg (20 oz) refridgerated cheese-filled tortellini (found next to the cream cheese normally)
1 pkg (6 oz) fresh baby spinach
1 8-oz piece cooked ham steak (found next to the hotdogs usually)
1 large red bell pepper
1/4 cup butter (do not substitute margarine)

To cook tortellini, bring salted water to a boil in large pot; add tortellini and cook according to package directions (I found that it cooks perfectly in 4 min, not too overdone).

As tortellini cook, place spinach into large colander. Dice ham and finely slice bell pepper, chopping as desired. Place butter in large skillet and begin to brown at medium heat, swirling occasionally.

Drain tortellini over spinach in colander. Continue to brown butter until it is a deep brown color, be sure to continue swirling in skillet. Add bell pepper, reduce heat to low; add ham, tortellini and spinach. Gently toss to coat with butter. Continue cooking for a few more minutes to attain a nice brown tint to tortellini.
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