March 12, 2009

Tortellini Pasta with tomatoes, feta and mushrooms

Tortellini Pasta with tomatoes, feta and mushrooms

In keeping with quick healthy meals here is a streamlined tortellini pasta that comes together in about 20 minutes. Buy tortellini in the refrigerated section at the grocery store.

1 package prepared tortellini, cooked according to package directions
1 cup grape tomatoes, washed and set aside
1 cup cremini mushrooms, washed and quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1-2 tbsp basil, finely chopped
2 ounces feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Juice from 1/2 lemon

1. Heat 1 tsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet over medium heat.
2. Cook tortellini according to package directions.
3. When oil and butter shimmer add garlic and cook 2 minutes until golden brown.
4. Add mushrooms to pan and turn up heat to medium-high for 4 minutes then turn on low.
5. Add basil, feta, salt and pepper, and remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large bowl.
6. Place grape tomatoes in the pan with the mushrooms and continue cooking on medium-low heat, about 2-3 minutes
7. Add in tortellini and tomato mushroom mixture to bowl.
8. Squeeze lemon juice into bowl and mix lightly to combine flavors

Adjust salt and pepper as necessary.