Tortellini and broccoli

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A homemade healthy cream sauce coats your choice of fresh vegetables all over a bed of delicious cheese tortellini.

A healthy cream sauce covered tortellini with fresh veggies - ready in under 30 minutes I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #vegetables #tortellini

I always look forward to summer food for three main things: grilling, loads of ice cream, and farmer’s market/fresh garden fruit and vegetables.

Growing up we always had a garden. Zucchini and tomatoes always did the best, but we had a lot of other things. Some of my favorite memories include making and canning salsa and making zucchini bread with my mom. It’s quintessential summer to me and I love it.

I didn’t get the chance to have a real garden this year (unless you count my ridiculous amounts of herbs growing by my window inside) since we were busy putting in the yard instead and weren’t really sure how we wanted things set-up garden wise. So farmer’s market it is!

A healthy cream sauce covered tortellini with fresh veggies - ready in under 30 minutes I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #vegetables #tortellini A healthy cream sauce covered tortellini with fresh veggies - ready in under 30 minutes I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #vegetables #tortellini

A healthy cream sauce covered tortellini with fresh veggies - ready in under 30 minutes I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #vegetables #tortelliniSo the dish itself is pretty simple and not too much chopping of vegetables. If you follow the recipe exactly – only broccoli, peppers, and carrots. But you can change up the vegetables for whatever you have on hand – from your garden, the farmer’s market, or the grocery store! Pretty much anything goes for this dish veggie wise!

While the tortellini is cooking, the cream sauce is made and the veggies are sauteed. It all gets mixed together and is ready to go. Under thirty minutes.

Plus if you want to add in some chicken or another type of protein, go right ahead. Some grilled chicken would go pretty well with this dish! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

A healthy cream sauce covered tortellini with fresh veggies - ready in under 30 minutes I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #vegetables #tortellini

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Tortellini and broccoli

5 from 2 votes
A homemade healthy cream sauce coats your choice of fresh vegetables all over a bed of delicious cheese tortellini.
Creamy Farmer's Market Tortellini Bake
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Tortellini and broccoli

Creamy Farmer's Market Tortellini Bake
5 from 2 votes
A homemade healthy cream sauce coats your choice of fresh vegetables all over a bed of delicious cheese tortellini.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Tortellini and broccoli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (16 ounces) frozen cheese-filled tortellini
  • 2 cups broccoli stems removed and chopped
  • 1 cup carrots peeled and choped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups assorted bell peppers
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth chicken broth can be substitute if not vegetarian
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese I used reduced-fat
  • 3/4 cup milk I used 1%
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: fresh basil

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • While the water is boiling, prepare the vegetables. Wash, remove the stems, and chop the broccoli.
  • Peel and thinly slice the carrots. Remove the stems and seeds of the peppers and slice or chop.
  • Pour the frozen tortellini into the water and cook according to package instructions adding in the carrots at the same time. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Meanwhile, saute the chopped broccoli and bell peppers with the olive oil until tender. Add in the corn for 1-2 minutes.
  • In a blender, combine the vegetable broth, flour, pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Pulse until combined. Add in the cream cheese (make sure it is at room temperature) and pulse until everything is smooth and creamy.
  • In a small saucepan, pour in the milk and bring it to a warm temperature. Stir in the cream cheese slurry slowly to the milk while whisking briskly. Once combined, stir in the mozzarella cheese.
  • Combine the tortellini and sauteed vegetables to the same pot used to boil the tortellini in.
  • Pour the cream sauce over everything and mix well. Adjust seasonings to taste and if desired, serve with fresh basil.

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27 Comments

  1. This is such a great use for tortellini, Chelsea! I love that you have used delicious veggies from the farmers’ market! I am totally with you on the garden thing. Since we just moved into our house, we still have dirt as our backyard! Love this! Pinned!

  2. Look at that creamy sauce! It looks delicious! And all those fresh veggies – I can’t stop buying probably a little too many each week at the store. haha Great way to use them up!

  3. Gorgeous dish, Chelsea! I love all those colorful veggies. I absolutely love going to the farmers market, even though it’s pretty far far my house. Things from farmers markets are just better. ๐Ÿ™‚ What an awesome giveaway too!

  4. Thanks for this great giveaway! I entered, would love the card! I’d love to participate in our next giveaway if you’re looking for bloggers!

  5. having a fresh garden is one of my favorite childhood memories, I used to love to pick tomatoes and figs with my grandpa!!! this dish looks easy, simple, and delicious – great work chels!

  6. Hi,

    A chance visit while searching for a recipe and I just got hooked up.Yours recipes are simple with not many ingredients ,look very good.I am gonna try your recipe soon and let you know abt the results. thanks.

  7. This was really nice, I used curry paste and jasmine rice, plus chicken thighs, with the Greek yogurt, this will be a meal I cook every couple of weeks, really not much effort or ingredients but packed with flavour, thanks for sharing x

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