Spinach and Pesto Tortellini

I hesitate to even call this a recipe because it’s embarrassingly simple. The fact is that sometimes you need simple.  There are nights when I just don’t have the energy to think about making dinner. This meal is perfect for those kind of nights. I usually buy tortellini when it goes on sale and keep it in my freezer for just such an occasion. All I need to do is add a few ingredients to it to make it a delicious dinner. If you want to keep it really simple, just add pesto or sauce and you’re done. This time I had a few items in my fridge that I needed to use up, so I tossed them in the skillet and dinner was ready in no time.

The only thing that stops me from having this meal more often is Cole’s intense dislike of tortellini. Seriously though, if I only made what Cole liked to eat we would starve. Bennett, on the other hand, loves tortellini and will often request it for dinner.


Cole is smiling here, but that’s just a reflex he has when anyone pulls out a camera. He really hated it. I mean really hated it. He did take one bite because I made him, but refused to eat any more. I took pity on him because I know he honestly doesn’t like tortellini and he did at least try it, so I heated up leftovers for him. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of putting the leftovers on the same plate as his tortellini and they accidentally TOUCHED! The whining that ensued was of epic proportions. He ended up eating next to nothing for dinner that night. At least Bennett was happy! One out of two is something, I guess.

Spinach and Pesto Tortellini

1 family pack tortellini
3 slices bacon, diced
1 tomato, diced
2 cups fresh chopped spinach (or a package of frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed and drained)
3 heaping tbsps of pesto
grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta as directed. Meanwhile, fry diced bacon in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain off fat. Add tomato, spinach and pesto and saute until spinach has wilted. Add cooked tortellini to the skillet and toss until fully combined. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving.

As you can see, Mommy enjoyed some wine with her whine.

I almost forgot- Food & Whine made the list of Top 25 Foodie Moms at Circle of Moms. I’m so excited! Thanks so much to everyone who voted, you’re the best fans a blogger could ask for.

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My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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