Friday, April 15, 2011

A week away & a rainy day favorite

Well - this week we were away for business in Syracuse, NY where Spring has yet to make an appearance and there were many a dreary day during the 4 day trip.

Of course, there was no cooking at the hotel during the trip, but the weather had me thinking of my favorite rainy day dinner - my Tortellini Chowder.   This VERY quick & easy dish really hits the spot when it's a little cold out and you want a meal to feel warm and cozy.
BEFORE
You can tell by the photo that most of the meal consists of pre-packaged items. This serves the double purpose of making it an easy dish to prepare, while also allowing me to keep most of the items on-hand to be used at the drop of a hat.

The items I keep on-hand include frozen veggies & potatoes, chicken stock and refrigerated tortellini.  In addition milk & a nice smoked gouda cheese are needed to round out the ingredients.

AFTER
All of those ingredients come together to make a creamy, smoky yummy chowder that is so satisfying, Drew requests the meal at least once a month.

Make it for yourself on the next rainy day:
Ingredients:
  • 28 ounces chicken stock
  • 15 ounce package loose-pack frozen vegetables (broccoli, corn, carrots etc)
  • 9 ounce package of refrigerated cheese or meat filled tortellini
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 pack/box (9oz) Seasoned Roasted Potatoes with Garlic & Herbs - thawed in microwave
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil
  • 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese plus a little extra to top off each bowl while serving. 
Preparation:
  1. In a large saucepan, combine broth and frozen vegetables and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in tortellini and return to boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, about 4 minutes or just until vegetables are tender.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine 1 cup of milk with all the flour and whisk until combined. 
  5. Add milk/flour mixture and remaining 1 cup of milk to the broth. Add roasted potatoes.
  6. Cook and stir until thickened and bubble. Cook 1 minute more and then turn off heat.
  7. Add in cheese and fresh basil. 
  8. Stir until cheese melts.
  9. Season to taste with fresh ground pepper.

1 comment:

  1. que buena idea Leslie, que cosas mas ricas preparas, felicitaciones por iniciar este blog, ahora te estoy siguiendo :D

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