Eat: Tortellini with Edamame and Sausage
This is the recipe that introduced me to the yummyness of edamame, and I am forever changed.
For those of you who have no idea what edamame is, and are even more clueless as to where to find it, I’ll give you a few fun facts that will help you out in your green food exploration.
1. Edamame is another name for immature soy beans cooked in a pod.
2. It’s packed full of protein.
3. It doesn’t taste like a green vegetable.
4. You can find it fresh in the vegetable section (normally in pre-packaged containers, either in the shell or out of shell).
5. You can find it frozen in the frozen vegetable section (look hard- most grocers only carry one brand, and I have always found it on the top shelf, almost hidden).
6. Use either frozen or fresh- they are both delicious and cook well.
So onto the recipe!
Tortellini with Edamame and Sausage
adapted from Disney’s Family.com
1 lb (give or take 1/2 lb) of tortellini, fresh or frozen
1 cup of shelled edamame
1 cup of diced red peppers (optional)
1 lb of turkey smoked sausage
1/2 cup of fat-free Italian dressing OR 1/2 jar of pesto
1. Boil the tortellini according to the package. About 2 minutes before the tortellini are to be finished, add the edamame to the boiling water.
2. While the tortellini are cooking, cut up the peppers and the Italian sausage into thin slices. Fry together in a pan.
3. Drain the tortellini and edamame when they are done cooking (don’t overcook! no one likes mushy pasta), and then put back into the pot. Add peppers, sausage, and dressing or pesto and cook a couple more minutes until warm.
4. Add a side of warm wheat bread with homemade honey butter and you have yourself a meal!