Easy Entertaining In Solivita

Since living in Solivita we seem to have company all the time.  Friends and Family visiting the parks stop in for an evening, some stay for a few days, some just stop by for lunch or dinner.  Lee and I have found a few recipes that can be assembled quickly and make a delicious company meal.  I would like to share one with you that I made last week when Lee’s family stopped in.

Tortellini with Prosciutto or Pancetta and Peas

This recipe is not only delicious, but most of the time, the ingredients are in my freezer and refrigerator.  To make this into a complete meal I serve this with a salad and a dish of fruit for dessert and dinner is done.  Our neighbor Marilyn calls this one “Easy Peasy”.   

1 Lb Tortellini (cheese, spinach, or even mushroom)

1/4 – 1 /2 cup water, reserved from cooking pasta  

3 tbsp butter

2 garlic cloves minced

½ onion diced and sauted.

¼ lb prosciutto sliced thinly or pancetta cubed

1 1/4 cup cream or half and half

1 pinch nutmeg

At least ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated

1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed by running under cool water and drained.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions:

Cook tortellini according to package

Melt butter in skillet and add prosciutto or pancetta and cook for a few minutes.

Add Garlic to skillet and cook for one more minute.

Add cream and bring to a simmer.

Add nutmeg and simmer until cream is thickened and reduced by about ½

Turn off heat.  Stir in Parmesan, peas and sautéed onions.

Stir in reserved cooking liquid to thin sauce, add tortellini and toss to coat.

Taste for salt and pepper