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Full-fat dairy products, such as cheese, cream, and whole milk, are high in calories. A high-calorie diet may be necessary if unwanted weight-loss is occurring. Full-fat dairy also provides important nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.
Spinach is a nutrient powerhouse. It’s packed with antioxidants to help reduce inflammation. It also contains nutrients and vitamins that may help lower the risk of heart disease.
Wash Hands Wash hands and all cooking surfaces with soap and warm water before beginning.
Preheat Oven & Cook Tortellini Preheat the oven to 425°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook tortellini according to package instructions.
Reserve Water & Drain Pasta Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.
Combine Ingredients Transfer the pot back to the stove and add the pesto and heavy cream. Stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir in the tortellini, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella. Add a splash of cooking water and stir together. Add more cooking water if mixture appears dry. Transfer pasta mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish.
Top Pasta & Bake In a small bowl combine the Parmesan cheese, basil, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Sprinkle mixture over pasta. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 12 minutes.
Serve & Store Allow to cool slightly before serving. Refrigerate pasta bake within 2 hours. Pasta will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Wash Dishes Wash dishes in hot, soapy water. Sanitize cooking tools and surfaces, and thoroughly wash hands.
Replace the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with a dairy-free cheese; there is no substitute for the heavy cream; use cheese-free tortellini; replace the pesto with a cheese-free version.
Replace the regular tortellini with a gluten-free version.
Omit the pine nuts.
Use jarred or pre-made pesto to reduce preparation time.
Dried basil can replace fresh to reduce preparation time. 1 Tbsp dried is equivalent to 2 Tbsp fresh.
Ask a friend or family member to help prepare this entrée.
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