I totally have hit or miss
The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks...Taste of Home: Simple and Delicious Cookbook. And that is the perfect name for this cookbook. The meals are simple to make (most take around 30 minutes) and so far I've liked everything I've made from this cookbook. I hope I'm not breaking any copyright laws by posting this recipe here...if I find out I am I'll be taking the recipe down.
prep/total time: 20 min. Yield: 6 servings
1 package (9oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini
2 medium yellow summer squash, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing
1/4 shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet saute yellow squash and zucchini in oil for 4-6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Drain tortellini; place in a large bowl. Add the squash mixture, tomatoes, onions and pepper. Drizzle with salad dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and almonds.
So, here is what I did differently. I knew we'd have some grown men eating this and we may need to stretch it past just 6 helpings so I sauteed a package of sausage before I added the veggies. This helped bulk up the meal a bit. I am totally okay with doing a veggie dish and I probably would have if we didn't have additional people eating with us. I do not use the parmesan that comes in the green shaker canister...I have some good shredded parmesan in my fridge that goes on lots of things and it way better than the pulverized stuff in the green shaker canister (we have that on hand too but usually just for spaghetti). I did not add the almonds. I don't care for almonds and I didn't have any slivered almonds on hand. I think the meal needs that little crunch that the almonds offer so it probably would've been good if I added them. But the meat helped a little bit with this too.
This was a hit. Everyone liked it. My husband who normally will not touch zucchini or yellow summer squash said it was good. My girls ate everything but the zucchini and squash but they at least tried it...and Micah ate all of it! That's my boy! Give it a try...I really think you'll like it!
Here are a few other dishes that came from this cookbook.
Steak and potato kabobs!
cuban style stuffed peppers (I liked these but I think they were too spicy for everyone else)
not a great picture...but it was yummy
and my favorite so far...