Tortellini Pasta with Asparagus, Spinach, and Ham

Tortellini Pasta with Asparagus, Spinach, and Ham

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Do you need a quick and delicious dinner idea? Look no further than this recipe for Tortellini Pasta with Asparagus, Spinach, and Ham. With just a few simple ingredients and 20 minutes of your time, you can have a satisfying meal that is sure to please everyone at the table.

Which Ingredients we Need

Let’s start with the ingredients. You’ll need one pound of fresh cheese tortellini, half a pound of thin asparagus spears (trimmed and cut into two-inch pieces), extra virgin olive oil, a medium onion (thinly sliced), eight ounces of thick sliced ham (diced), five ounces of fresh baby spinach, reduced sodium chicken stock, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, kosher salt and pepper, and chopped fresh parsley.

How To make Tortellini Pasta with Asparagus, Spinach, and Ham

To begin, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the tortellini. Cook according to the package directions, adding the asparagus about three minutes before the pasta is finished cooking. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

In a large sauté pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, then add the ham and continue sautéing until it starts to get crispy and browned on the edges. Next, add the spinach and continue sautéing until it is wilted, about two to three minutes.

Pour in the reduced sodium chicken stock and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and let reduce for two to three minutes, then add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and continue simmering for an additional three to four minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened.

Finally, add the cooked tortellini and asparagus to the sauce. Gently stir to coat the pasta and asparagus with the sauce, then season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, and serve.

Recipe For Tortellini Pasta

This recipe yields five servings and takes just 20 minutes from start to finish. It’s a perfect weeknight meal that is quick, easy, and packed with flavor. Plus, it’s a great way to incorporate vegetables like asparagus and spinach into your diet.

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Yield
5 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 pound thin asparagus spears, trimmed and cut in 2 inch pieces, about 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced, about 1 cup
  • 8 ounces thick sliced ham, diced, about 2 cups
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • season to taste with kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add couple pinches of salt and the tortellini. Cook according to the package directions. About 3 minutes before the tortellini is finished cooking, add the asparagus. Cook until the pasta is finished cooking, and the asparagus is just tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the extra virgin olive oil and the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the ham and continue sauteing until it starts to get crispy and browned on the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach to the sauté pan. Stir and continue sauteing until the it is wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Pour in the reduced sodium chicken stock and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and let reduce for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Pour in the heavy cream and add the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Continue simmering for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  7. Add the cooked tortellini and asparagus to the sauce. Gently stir to coat the pasta and asparagus with the sauce.
    Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper.
  8. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese and the chopped parsley and serve.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts Amount Per Serving
Serving Size 1/5 of recipe
Calories 580
Sugar 1.9 g
Sodium 1224 mg
Fat 26.8 g
Saturated Fat 9.7 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 55.5 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Protein 31.9 g
Cholesterol 84 mg

It’s important to note that the nutritional content may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients used and the method of preparation.

Final Words

Tortellini Pasta with Asparagus, Spinach, and Ham is a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights. With just a few simple ingredients and 20 minutes of your time, you can have a delicious meal that will satisfy your hunger and taste buds. Give it a try and enjoy!

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