This creamy tortellini and vegetable pasta is a real crowd pleaser. To make it even quicker, use frozen chopped vegetables instead of fresh. Serve with a green salad and whole-grain baguette.
Can I Use Frozen Vegetables in Place of Fresh?
From time savings to affordability, there are benefits to using frozen vegetables. You can substitute frozen vegetables for fresh in this recipe. Any 1 pound bag of mixed vegetables will work. There's no need to thaw them. Add them frozen and cook as directed.
Variations to Try
Once you master this easy recipe, you can give it your own spin. Keep the springtime theme by using asparagus or garden peas in place of the broccoli or give it a more summertime feel by swapping out the carrots and snap peas for fresh corn and chopped green beans. Just make sure whatever vegetables you are using equals 4 cups chopped. We like fontina and Parmesan cheese which both add a more authentic flavor, but there are other cheeses you can try. Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere or even gorgonzola would work well. For non-vegetarians, use chicken broth in the sauce and stir in cooked, shredded chicken to boost protein.
Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer
3 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1 high-fat meat, 2 fat