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Butternut Squash and Spinach Tortellini

This is a great recipe to make during the holidays (Christmas or Thanksgiving). Easy and healthy holiday side dish or main dish. Butternut Squash and Spinach Tortellini in a creamy sauce. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 274 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 cups tortellini uncooked
  • 8 oz spinach , uncooked, fresh
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of butternut squash puree, 1 cup of half and half, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, a pinch of paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the large skillet, on medium heat. While heating, stir all the ingredients to combine. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning - don't add all of it at once, add a little and add more, to your taste. Add the spinach on top of the mixture, cover with the lid, remove from heat. Let the spinach wilt in the pan, covered, off heat.
  2. While the spinach wilts, bring the medium pan of water to boil, add 2 cups of uncooked tortellini, and cook according to the package instructions (usually 7 - 10 minutes in boiling water). Once the tortellini is cooked, drain the water.
  3. Add cooked and drained tortellini to the skillet with the butternut squash sauce and spinach and stir to combine. If the sauce is too thick, add more half and half to thin it. Also, taste and add more salt, nutmeg and lemon pepper, if desired.
  4. Serve topped with chopped fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

WHAT IS HALF AND HALF? Half and half is the US milk product that combines half milk half cream to form a lighter cream.

To make 1 cup of half and half, combine 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup regular cream (heavy, or whipping cream).

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash and Spinach Tortellini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 447mg19%
Potassium 529mg15%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 9480IU190%
Vitamin C 26.5mg32%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.