Sunday, April 26, 2009

EASY Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni with Meat Sauce



Alrighty friends...this dish was inspired by my lunch at "I Ghibellini" in Florence, Italy on Day 10 of our European trip. I wrote about it in the post below this one.

I came across Barilla's Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni in the grocery store the other day. It reminded me of my wonderful lunch in Italy, so I bought what I needed to re-create the dish. Although it was tortelloni instead of ravioli, it was still stuffed with ricotta and spinach...just like my yummy dish in Italy. This one was incredibly easy to cook...it was finished in a flash! The taste was wonderful. The main criteria was a meaty sauce that wasn't too thick. I think I achieved that with this dish.

If you need a quick, satisfying weekday meal...try this one! You'll love it!!!

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 small onion
1 tbsp. parsley, minced
1 package Barilla Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni
1 can Hunt's Tomato Sauce
Garlic Powder, to taste

Directions:
Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion, garlic powder, and parsley to the meat mixture. Stir and continue cooking until beef is cooked through. Once beef is well done, add tomato sauce until desired thickness is reached.

Cook pasta according to the package directions.
Drain pasta. With a ladle, add meat sauce to pasta and mix together well, coating the pasta.
***You may end up with extra meat sauce. Save the left-overs...it goes great on homemade pizza or pasta the following day!***

Servings - 3

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your posts about Europe. This dish looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

P.S. criterion - singular
criteria - plural

Elizabeth said...

Looks great - can't wait to try it out!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

That looks really inspird...delicious indeed!

Joelen said...

This looks delicious and so comforting!

Colleen said...

Yum, this looks delicious! And I'll take a slice of that garlic bread, too!

Risa said...

This looks beyond yummy!! I might make it for dinner tonight. If I can get the hubs to eat spinach ricotta torelloni. He's an uber picky eater.