recipe from Our Best Bites is simple and hearty, but not one of Aaron's favorites. It has 365 calories for 1 serving, and Aaron gave it a 4, Owen, Noah and I all gave it an 8. This is simple, and I added a little more tortellini than the recipe called for, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I probably won't make this again, although it is easy and tastes good, just Aaron hated it :(. Anyway, this is not too spinachy if you use fresh spinach, and my kids like it as do I.
20 oz cheese tortellini
3 strips thick sliced bacon, chopped with 2 T grease reserved
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T flour
2 c almond milk (I used this because I have leftovers and it is way less calories)
1 1/2 t basil
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1 medium lemon zested and juiced
2 c baby spinach leaves
3/4 c mozzarella cheese
3/4 c parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350.
Boil the tortellini until done, drain, and set aside.
Cook the bacon and reserve the grease. Cook the garlic in the grease, then add the flour and make a roux. Add the almond milk to make a white sauce, then add the zest, basil, red pepper flakes, and juice. Cook until thickened. Add the 1/2 c of both cheeses, spinach, and sauce to the tortellini, then place into a greased 8x8 pan and top with the remaining cheese. Cover with aluminum foil, bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Let sit 10 more minutes before serving.