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You know me…. I’m ALL ABOUT super simple meals!  It seems like the days get so busy that at 6pm I’m scrambling to pull something together while a screaming toddler is grabbing my legs.  My husband makes fun of me because every month I make a dinner menu for the month and then I forget to follow it.  That is why I ALWAYS have tortellini or ravioli in the freezer—I can always whip together a quick meal as long as I have those.

10 Minute Tortellini with Peas, Ham, & Sun Dried Tomatoes:


1 cup diced ham (I like to buy a large ham during the holidays when it’s on SUPER SALE and dice it up and freeze it so I always have some on hand—I separate it into 1 cup portion sizes in Ziplock freezer bags so I can pull it out and add it to all different recipes).
1 bag frozen peas
1 cup Roma tomatoes
1 bag tortellini
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (you can also use milk if you don’t have cream—it will just be thinner)
1 1/2 cups Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
2 TBS Butter
2 TBS Flour

Dice the Roma tomatoes in half- spritz with a little olive oil and broil for about 5 minutes= instant sun dried tomatoes!

Cook your tortellini as instructed on the package and add in ham and peas to cook along with it.

In a separate sauce pan melt your butter on LOW and add in the flour to make a roux (basically a thick lump sauce like substance- I had to Google it the first time I saw it in a recipe!).  When you make a roux you need to constantly stir so it doesn’t scorch .  Now, add in your cream and shredded cheese.  Let that cook on low for about 10 minutes so it can all melt and thicken.

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Melissa loves getting in the kitchen with her two children and teaching them about food, cooking, and healthy choices. She loves hosting events, traveling, and enjoying all life as to offer. Her latest cookbook "Serendipity Sweets" will be available for purchase in the fall.

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