I absolutely love it when I make up my own recipe and it ends up a success. I love it even more when it is easy to make, and only has 6 ingredients! Last night I set out to use up some leftover spinach before it got all wilty, as well as over half of an onion remaining from a previous recipe. Using up leftovers like this often inspires me to create new recipes. Here is what I came up with:
Tortellini With Onions and Spinach
~Tortellini pasta. (I bought an organic variety with cheese filling, but you can use whatever is your favorite.)
~Fresh spinach. (Mine was baby spinach.)
~Onion, sliced. (I had almost 2/3 of a red onion kicking around, but I imagine any onion would be nice here.)
~Tomato Sauce. (Newman’s Own Organics is my favorite brand.)
~Herbs and seasonings. (Whatever you like.)
~Olive Oil. (I didn’t count this in my 6 ingredients, because I always have a bottle on hand. If you don’t, this becomes a 7-ingredient recipe.)
Slice Onion. Heat oil in skillet, preferably non-stick. (I used a few tablespoons…just eyeballed it along with all of my “measurements” for this recipe.) When oil is nice and hot, toss in onions and “sweat” them in the oil until they start to become translucent in places.
Meanwhile, boil the tortellini in a large pot, adding a sprinkle of salt to the water if you like. When the pasta is cooked to desired tenderness, drain and return to pot. Set aside.
When onions are turning limp and just starting to show hints of browning, add spinach to the skillet. (A lot of spinach will shrink down to not a lot of spinach as it cooks, so I always use more than I think I will need.) Sprinkle with favorite seasonings. (I used a dash of oregano and a hefty sprinkling of my favorite garlic and herb blend, which includes a nice citrusy note from added lemon peel.
While the spinach wilts, grate parmesan cheese into the pasta pot. Then, incorporate the spinach and onion mixture into the pot. Pour some tomato sauce over the top and give the whole thing a good stir.
Serve in bowls with another little sprinkle of parmesan if you like.