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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cheesy Bacon Tortellini Skillet

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Frozen Food Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tortellini, bacon, and peas tossed in a light garlic Alfredo sauce - the entire family loves this weeknight meal!

Those of you that are regular Mostly Homemade Mom readers know that I LIVE for shortcut recipes. I'm a busy working wife and mom of two and while I'd love to cook the day away with from-scratch meals, it's just simply not possible. One of my absolute favorite shortcuts to use in the kitchen is frozen fruits and veggies!

A study conduced by the Frozen Food Foundation and University of Georgia actually found that, in many cases, the nutritional value of frozen fruits and veggies (specifically vitamin A, C, and folate) was greater than that of freshly stored produce. Why? They believe mainly because of how fresh veggies will degrade nutritional value as they're stored. I'm TOTALLY guilty of pulling out the carrots from the bottom of the produce drawer and putting together a yummy soup to use it up before it goes bad. I know I'm not the only one!

There are seriously so many options down the frozen food aisle! I really love menu planning, but I will often times pick up a frozen meal or two for my family to just have on hand in case dinner tanks or someone is stuck somewhere and isn't home in time. I've always loved Marie Callender's pot pies and of course Paul's favorite hands down are Hot Pockets! Add to that the varieties available from Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine, I'm sure everyone in your family could find one they love! Be sure to follow the Frozen Food Foundation Facebook and the Frozen Food Foundation Twitter pages to keep up with all the latest frozen food favorites available!

In this yummy Cheesy Bacon Tortellini Skillet I used two of my favorites: Birds Eye Steamfresh Peas and Buitoni Refrigerated Cheese Tortellini. Add in a creamy garlicky cheese sauce, along with BACON, and you've got a delish dinner ready in under 30 minutes!

Cheesy Bacon Tortellini Skillet

19 oz Buitoni Refrigerated Cheese Tortellini
10 oz Birds Eye Steamfresh Peas
1 cup half and half
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Meanwhile in a large skillet, stir together half and half, flour, mozzarella, cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Add in frozen peas, cooked tortellini, and bacon. Reduce heat to low and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Sauce will continue to thicken as it stands.

Do you have a favorite way to enjoy frozen fruits and veggies in your kitchen? Feel free to share the recipe below in the comments!

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  1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Brenda!!

  2. Mmmm, love tortellini! Pinning, and thanks for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!



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