I absolutely love getting in my kitchen and creating. It’s so much fun!! This pasta dish came about one night when I needed a side dish to a chicken I was making. I looked in my pantry and refrigerator and this dish is what came of it. I love getting in my kitchen and creating like this. I really think that’s why I enjoy cooking because you can get in your own kitchen and create dishes of your own and have a whole lot of fun doing it. Of course, it’s a whole lot of fun eating it too. This dish has since become a go to side dish. It uses a lot of fresh ingredients which I love and the girls love it which for me, makes it that more special. It’s a super delicious side dish or you can even add chicken or shrimp and make it a main dish. Our house even loves it cold as leftovers.
Now go have fun in your kitchen and create something of your own. And have blast doing it! I hope you enjoy this pasta dish too. Happy creating everybody!
Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta
2- 9 ounce packages of cheese tortellini
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups (1 pint) cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup tomato basil pasta sauce
4 ounces cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)
1/4 fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
In a large pot bring water to a boil and place cheese tortellini in and cook according to package instructions, about 8 to 10 minutes.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Once warm add garlic and let cook about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
Add tomatoes and spinach into skillet and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Spinach should cook down and the tomatoes should be tender. Add pasta sauce and cook for another minute.
In a large bowl, add drained pasta. While pasta is still warm add cream cheese and basil and stir until creamy. Add tomato and spinach mixture into bowl and stir all together until well combined.
Add to serving dish and top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!