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Creamy Spinach Tortellini with Meatballs

A quick 30-minute pasta dish made with pan seared garlic with a rich and flavorful creamy onion sauce with spinach, meatballs and tortellini pasta.  Pan tossed with parmesan cheese and herbs to give a robust Tuscan flavor.  A truly simple dish to make for dinner or to serve for a dinner party with a glass of wine.  This recipe will become a family favorite.
Course Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 12 meatballs
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 10.5 ounce cream of onion condensed soup (see notes for alternative)
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more to taste)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 20 ounces cheese tortellini refrigerated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook meatballs according to package directions.  Drain on paper towel when done.
    Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (or coconut oil) in large dutch oven or pot over medium heat.  Add minced garlic and cook for 3 minutes.
    Pour in stock and condensed onion soup.  Whisk until dissolved.
    Add parsley, basil, black pepper, Italian seasoning and, red pepper flakes. 
    Stir in 2 cup water and 1 cup half & half. 
    In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup cold water and flour.  Stir to dissolve.  Add to pot.  
    Turn stove top to medium-high heat.  Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Stir in finely grated parmesan cheese.  Cook 3 minutes.
    Add refrigerated cheese tortellini.  Cook 3 minutes.  
    Stir in baby spinach.  Cook 3 minutes.
    Add salt to taste.
    Stir in cooked meatballs.

Notes

  • Substitutions for cream of onion include: Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken
  • Serve with french bread.  
  • Shredded chicken can be used in place of meatballs.
  • This dish can be made vegetarian without meat.