Baked Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes & Cauliflower

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Yummy comfort food!  There are a couple of steps required but all are simple – so do not be intimidated.   I include a recipe here for pesto but you can use a pre-made one, if you prefer.  I used a cheese tortellini that I had left over from my Easy Make-Ahead Tortellini & Caprese Skewers.

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In fact, I also used leftover tomatoes & mozzarella balls and basil.  At any rate, I used cheese tortellini but you can use any type you prefer.  Easy peasy!  Give it a try!

Oh!  And buy my HILARIOUS novel – Bathing & the Single Girl!  The reviews are coming in on Amazon & they are very flattering!  MEN love it, too!

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Baked Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes & Cauliflower

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INGREDIENTS

12 oz tortellini – cooked as per directions & drained

1/2 small head of cauliflower – cut into bite-size florets

20-30 cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup pesto (1 cup basil, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup walnuts, 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 tsp salt & 1 tsp lemon juice – blended until smooth)

10 small mozzarella balls – sliced

Olive oil

S&P

Grated Parmesan as garnish

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 450.

Toss the cauliflower & tomatoes in 2 TBS olive oil & sprinkle with salt.  Roast at 450 for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower begins to brown.

Meanwhile – cook the tortellini, drain & set aside.

Blend the pesto ingredients.  Add the cream cheese to the pesto & blend.  Set aside.

When the vegetables are done roasting – set them aside & lower oven temperature to 350.

Grease a casserole pan with cooking spray or olive oil.

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In a large bowl (or in the casserole pan – if you can manage it) – toss the tortellini with the cauliflower & tomatoes & pesto.  Put in the casserole pan & top with mozzarella balls.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted & bubbly.

Serve that shit up with grated Parmesan & some Chablis from a box.  Read my book.  Pee yourself laughing!  Drink more wine.  Tell the world to kiss your ass!

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