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Monday, December 5th, 2011

Healthy Pasta Recipe

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Simple Tortellini with Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomato


I don’t usually eat a lot of pasta. I find that most women don’t do well with refined carbohydrates in terms of weight loss and energy so I usually look for more creative types of pasta-inspired dishes that don’t call for refined wheat products.  However, I’m a realist and lets be honest, pasta is tasty!! Plus, when done the right way it can be a really fast, easy and healthy meal to have on occasion!

I’ve had an EXTREMELY busy schedule lately so that’s left me with little time for making recipes. Last week I made huge batches for the week and basically lived on Stewp and smoothies (which helped me shed those extra holiday lbs from Thanksgiving!). This week I found some really lovely Italian tortellini filled with sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan, basil, and a little sea salt. I love using imported Italian pastas not just because they taste amazing (which they do!) but also because they are typically made very simply without any additives, preservatives, or chemicals.



For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1/2 box of tortellini
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped VERY fine
  • 3-4 sun-dried tomato halves sliced thin
  • dash of olive oil
  • sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (optional)


Boil the tortellini in sea salted water according to the directions on the box. When the pasta is almost done, add the finely chopped broccoli into the pot and boil for another 2 minuets.



Drain the pasta and add chopped sun-dried tomatoes, a dash of olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. A fresh squeeze of lemon adds a nice touch too!



This is such a fast, easy meal that makes a great lunch or dinner. It would be perfect for entertaining and kids will love it too! You can actually use any veggies you have on hand; I think sauteed zucchini, mushrooms, and/or peas would make lovely substitutes or additions. Healthy food can still be very delicious and easy to make! It’s so important that we enjoy our food! I hope I can continue to inspire you to make recipes that taste good and are also good for you and your waistline!!

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