Tortellini Salad

So nice to be on vacation. Have some time to sit back and enjoy Food Network this morning. Just caught Michael Chiarello’s Easy Entertaining. Love his recipes..always full of flavor with fresh ingredients.

This time he made a salad with cheese tortellini. He created a simple dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, shallots, herbs ( tarragon, basil and italian parsley) and fresh diced tomatoes.

The salad was plated on a large oval platter with fresh sliced mozarella rounds lining the outside of the plate. The tortellini were lightly tossed with the dressing, then placed in the center of the mozarella lined plate. He topped it with fresh arugula leaves and some grated parmesan reggiano…looks absolutely delicious!! This is going in to my recipe folder.

Update – tried it, it’s fabulous – I will make this over and over again.  A great dish for company or a potluck!

Get the recipe here  Tortellini Salad


Green Pea Soup

Green Pea Soup

3 cups frozen green peas, thawed, or use fresh
1 can vegetable broth ( I like to use fat free/low sodium)

Combine in a blender or food processor to desired consistency. I like mine on the thick side.

Season with salt and pepper and heat in a pot on the stove. I love using just a tad of sea salt and fresh ground pepper…

This would also be good with some diced ham added.  This Green Pea soup is also great when heated – good comfort food in cold weather!

Note: I made this today and used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth…it was great. I had some whole grain bread that I dipped into the soup…delicious.