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Pesto Pepper Tortellini

"This is a shortcut version of a rich, creamy pasta dish I enjoyed on a vacation trip," shares Mickie Taft of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's versatile, too--serve it as an awesome meatless entree or a special side dish.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup julienned sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion or chives

Directions

  • Prepare tortellini according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute red pepper in butter until pepper is crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in cream; cook for 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add the walnuts, basil and onion; heat through. Drain tortellini; add to sauce and toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 771 calories, 61g fat (35g saturated fat), 199mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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