Friday, November 06, 2009

Tortellini in red pesto - a dinner in 5 minutes

After a busy weekend, socially, my choice for Sunday dinner was an easy tortellini. This is literally a dinner in five minutes, or can be, if you precook the pasta., and I used a spicy chorizo, a Spanish sausage to make an aromatic tomato sauce. The red pesto from Barilla is one of the best products in its category adding even more aroma to the sauce.

Tortellini with red pesto sauce

I have discovered a speedy way to prepare tortellini, or any pasta. I cook a whole package tortellini with cheese by Barrilla, until al dente, and then I dry and rinse them in cold water.

When cold, I place the tortellini in a container or a zip lock bag, and freeze them. Then I can take out the amount I need for a dinner. One bag is enough for 2-3 meals.

For this dish, place frozen tortellinis into a casserole, add boiling water from a hot water kettle, and allow them get warm. Then prepare the sauce.

Here is the ingredients that went into the sauce:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 chorizo sausage, finely chopped
3 gloves of garlic, minced
3 tbsp Barilla red pesto
10 cl red wine
sugar to taste

Fry garlic and chorizo in the hot oil, until golden. Ad red pesto and red wine, allow to reduce. Add sugar to balance the acidity.

Mix tortellini with sauce in you pan.

Serve immediately.

(Photos: Barilla website)

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