Archive | November, 2011

Garlic Spinach and Bean Tortellini

29 Nov


Hooray reader suggestions! One of our devoted readers asked for “tortellini and a yummy sauce”, so hopefully she likes what we’ve come up with!

Over here at TCF, we’ve gone spinach crazy the last couple of weeks and try to include spinach in a lot of our meals. For those who aren’t aware, spinach is a great veggie to cook with. It’s very good for you and also tastes great (especially with garlic!). Cannellini beans also have their own pocket aces, protein and fiber! We have two nutritious pros going for this meal, add the fact that it’s superbly simple and tastes divine…what are you waiting for?

You can also do this recipe with other pasta besides tortellini, but if you do then we’d recommend adding some type of cheese to add some great flavor.


  • crushed red pepper
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter/margarine
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb (16 oz) spinach
  • 1 can cannelloni beans (15.5 oz)
  • 1 package tortellini (13 oz)

*This recipe serves 2-3 people.


1.) Put water on to boil. Proceed to the next step, but remember to add tortellini when the water has come to a boil.

2.) Dice onions. Saute with 1 Tbsp butter. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

3.) Once onions become slightly translucent add minced garlic. Cook on low for 8-10 minutes until garlic becomes soft and the same color as onions.

4.) Drain beans and rinse with cold water. Add to onion-garlic mixture.

5.) Add washed spinach. Cover frying pan, and let everything cook for a few minutes until spinach is soft.

6.) Mix with cooked tortellini and enjoy your pretty easy, super cheap, incredibly delicious dinner!

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