Monday, January 20, 2014

Smoked Sausage Tortellini Skillet


I know this is a food blog, but I was hoping we could talk about books today. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I like to read even more than I like to cook. As in, I'm never not in the middle of reading a book. When people hear how much I read, they sometimes can't imagine reading that much, while I can't imagine not reading that much. I'm the person who routinely has about 15 books checked out from the library at any one time...and that's not even counting the books my boys have checked out.

When I don't have time read...well, I make time. Whether it's reading on my lunch break at work (which I do every day), sneaking away for 30 minutes in the evening while the boys are playing elsewhere with Joe, or making low-maintenance dinners like this one so I can read a few pages while I'm cooking.

Back to books in a second, but let's talk about this meal first. We all loved this. The ingredients are nothing fancy, but they come together to form a really delicious and simple dish. The original recipe didn't call for peas, but I added them for a pop of color and sweetness and vegetable-ness. In addition to being delicious, this comes together start-to-finish in only about 15 minutes. While that's not a lot of time for me to read while it's cooking, that does equal more time to read after dinner, since both the cooking and the clean-up are so quick. It's a win-win!

So tell me, what's the best book you read recently? Some of my favorite recent reads are Eleanor and Park, After Her, Shadow and Bone, and The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. If you'd like to talk books with me more, you can find me on Goodreads here!

Smoked Sausage Tortellini Skillet
adapted from Kevin and Amanda 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound smoked sausage
3 cloves minced garlic
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 package frozen cheese tortellini

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Slice the smoked sausage thinly and add it to the skillet and cook until well-browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add the garlic and cook and stir for 30 seconds.

2. Add the chicken stock, tomato sauce, heavy cream, and salt and pepper and stir until simmering and bubbly. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the parmesan cheese until melted, then add the frozen peas and heat through.

3. While the sauce is simmering, cook the tortellini in boiling salted water according to package directions; drain.  

4. Add the tortellini to the skillet and stir gently to coat with sauce. Serve.


Stephanie said...

Just friended you on Goodreads. I love reading too!

I recently finished Horns and it was awesome! Other recent favs include Attachments (I also loved Eleanor & Park! I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Fangirl.) and The Winter Sea.

Jaci said...

Thanks for the book recs! I love finding new things to read. I'm halfway through And the Mountains Echoed right now and am liking it a lot. My recent favs are The Art of Fielding, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, A Visit From the Goon Squad, and One Day. I'm impressed by how much time you make to read -- I wish I were better at that!

tiasarah said...

My 5 year old ate more food tonight than he's ever eaten! I think I'll keep this one handy. I used brauts instead of smoked sausage, so I'm told. Also, rice milk instead of the heavy cream and grated parmasean instead of shredded. It was delicious all the same! thank you!

pam masters said...

Big hit..i left out peas..daughter hates them. Used 1per cent milk n little butter..had no cream..everyone loved this..its a keeper n easy..thank you