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  1. Tuesday, April 8

    Bertucci’s Tortellini with Sausage, Mushrooms and Creamy Tomato Sauce

    For our very first date, Nate and I went to the Davis Square Bertucci’s in Somerville, MA. Once we were married, if we ever went out to a restaurant (which was rare), it was usual to Bertucci’s or John Harvard’s. I think one of the reasons I love Bertucci’s so much is because of our personal history associated with it, but I still love going to that restaurant whenever we can because they do make some good food. Those dinner rolls and that margherita pizza…YUMMMMM.

    bertucci's tortellini with sausage, mushrooms and light creamy tomato sauce from @janemaynard

    One of those times early in our marriage when we went to Bertucci’s I ordered a tortellini dish that was served with sausage, mushrooms in a light cream tomato sauce. This was one of the very first restaurant copycat recipes I created at home and definitely one of the first things I cooked that gave me some confidence in the kitchen.

    bertucci's tortellini with sausage, mushrooms and light creamy tomato sauce from @janemaynardbertucci's tortellini with sausage, mushrooms and light creamy tomato sauce from @janemaynard

    It’s been years since I’ve made what we call Bertucci’s Tortellini, but I threw it on the menu a few weeks ago and IT WAS SO GOOD. I made sure to write down measurements for you since the recipe I had posted on the site was pretty lame and directionless.

    bertucci's tortellini with sausage, mushrooms and light creamy tomato sauce from @janemaynard

    This is a nice and easy dinner to prepare that tastes wonderful. (I think I had thirds the other night.) The only thing missing from this recipe is Bertucci’s dinner rolls!

    bertucci's tortellini with sausage, mushrooms and light creamy tomato sauce from @janemaynard (>> Find out more…)


  2. Monday, January 18

    Pesto Tortellini Soup

    I received this recipe from Sarah Arnett, one of my lovely readers! She said that it’s a hit every time she serves it and I can see why. I made this soup last week and it was fantastic!

    easy, fast and delicious pesto tortellini soup from @janemaynard

    I must admit, this was the first time I have cooked with vegetable broth. I’ve always been a bit suspect that the flavor would not be as robust, but it was.  I was very pleased with the results.

    easy, fast and delicious pesto tortellini soup from @janemaynard

    Bonus – this is an EASY and FAST recipe. You’re going to love it.

    Pesto Tortellini Soup
     
    From Sarah who got it from a friend who got it from a vegetarian cookbook…we apologize to the cookbook for not knowing who you are!
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Soup
    Ingredients
    • ½ small onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 T butter
    • 6 C vegetable or chicken broth
    • 1 9-oz package tortellini
    • 2 C frozen mixed vegetables
    • ¼ C prepared pesto
    • Fresh grated parmesan cheese
    Instructions
    1. In a large pot, saute onion, garlic and butter until onions are translucent.
    2. Add broth and bring to boil.
    3. Add tortellini and cook 1-2 minutes less than the package directions.
    4. Add the frozen vegetables and simmer soup until vegetables are heated through.
    5. Stir in pesto and serve. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

     


  3. Wednesday, January 31

    Bertucci’s Tortellini

    I love Bertucci’s (which you’ll find out in Boston area). This is a dish I ordered one night that was super yummy and just sort of made up a recipe for.

    Bertucci's Tortellini
     
    Fresh, simple, and delicious!
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Pasta
    Cuisine: Italian
    Ingredients
    • Fresh Tortellini (cheese filled and spinach if possible)
    • 1 can whole tomatoes, cut up, reserve most of the juice
    • Mushrooms (portabellos are good)
    • Sausage (italian or andouille), cooked cut into pieces
    • Basil
    • Oregano (lesser amount than basil)
    • Minced garlic
    • Some sugar
    • Salt & Pepper to taste
    • Light cream (a little)
    Instructions
    1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Sautee sausage and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil if you need it. Add all other ingredients and simmer – except fresh basil and cream. Add basil and cream at end and heat through. Toss with pasta!