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

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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

Instructions:

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!

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  2. grace says:

    you can’t really go wrong with pasta and tomato sauce and cheese, am i right? i can definitely see myself raiding the fridge for this as a midnight snack. :)

  3. Amanda says:

    This looks so yummy! If you were to add chicken, when would you add it? Would you cook the chicken, then add the tomatoes and spinach, or would you just add precooked chicken to the finished dish? Thanks for all the tasty looking recipes!!

  4. admin says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I would probably add the precooked chicken to your skillet after the spinach is cooked down and then add the tomato sauce and cook for a minute longer to get everything nice and warm and combined. Then finish as the recipe.
    And your quite welcome. I’m so happy you are enjoying them. :)

  5. Jessica says:

    I think I have everything to make this on hand. It looks like a crowd pleaser :)

  6. Angie says:

    Love this, when I make tortellini, I use a cream sauce too. I like the cream cheese you used better than my heavy cream though.

  7. Traci says:

    This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  8. Heather says:

    I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making it again!

  9. Monica says:

    I just have a quick question about the tomato basil pasta sauce.
    Where do you buy it? Or can I just whip up my own with butter, tomatoes, basil, olive oil etc

    Thanks!

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