Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tortellini & Spinach Salad

Soup, salad and pasta - in one bowl!
Warm broth ladled over the fresh spinach just wilts it slightly,
just enough to still call it a salad.
1 lb. frozen cheese tortellini
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced carrot
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 can chick peas (or cannellini beans), rinsed and drained
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. minced lemon zest
Salt and pepper
4 cups fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
Shredded Parmesan

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; drain and set aside.
While pasta is cooking, saute onion, carrot, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes in 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large saute pan over medium low heat, until carrots and onion are slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in broth, wine and lemon juice; bring to a boil.  Add pasta, beans, and tomatoes;  simmer to heat through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toast crumbs in 1 Tbsp. oil in a small skillet over medium heat until golden, stirring often.  Toss with lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.

Place 1 cup spinach in bowl or plate.  Top with broth, pasta, breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

Best served warm.

Sharing with:  Floptimism National Nutrition Month


  1. Looks great! I'd love to try it by switching the chicken broth w/ vegetable broth to make this a vegetarian meal. Thanks for sharing!

    julee @ D.I.Y. Louisville

  2. Hello! I stumbled upon your blog as I was exploring some of the blogs my own blog's readers follow, and I just loved this post. I think my readers would really love this tortellini salad, too! It's such a unique recipe. I'd like to invite you to participate in my blog's link-up party to celebrate the end of National Nutrition Month - feel free to check it out and share one of the delicious, healthy recipes you've been enjoying this past month!

  3. Ein tolles Gericht. Stelle ich mir schon sehr lecker vor.


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