Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pesto Chicken Tortellini

I got this recipe from a recipe blog that I follow:
Check them out for some super yummy recipes!!!

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms (or more)
1/2 cup diced onions
1 small zucchini, sliced and quartered
1/2 cup ham, pepperoni, bacon or sausage (Optional)
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 cup olives, sliced
1/2 cup pesto- maybe 3/4 cup if you like lots of sauce

3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing 
Optional: shredded Mozzarella cheese or Parmesan cheese

1 package frozen Tortellini, cooked according to package directions and drained- I used cheese tortellini

Heat olive oil in a saute pan. Add onion, mushrooms and zucchini. Saute a few minutes on medium heat until onion becomes transparent and veggies are cooked.
Stir in chicken (or other meat if desired) and heat for just a few minutes. Add tortellini, tomatoes, olives, pesto and vinaigrette dressing. Stir to combine.
If desired garnish with a little shredded Mozzarella cheese or Parmesan.

You could use any type pasta and the veggies your family likes. This is a very versatile recipe.
Enjoy!! I also think it would be great served cold.

Most of the points come from the pasta.  The total point value for this would be about 26, add a few if you use the cheese, or if you use other meats.  I'm not sure the point value of the pesto sauce since it depends on what sauce you use, but I calculated mine at about 3 points (I didn't use nuts)  This will serve at least 5 for a big serving, but if you do it as a side dish, it would serve a lot.  So the overall points would be around 5ish points per serving.  Not too bad.  Plus, this is a very low fat dish and stocked full of veggies!  You could lower the point value by taking out the chicken and then it would be around 21ish.

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1 comment:

  1. WOW!! I am so glad you liked it. Thanks for the link up and shout out. You are too sweet!!