Trying new recipes on children is always a dangerous thing. My 9-year-old son looked at the ingredients for the ‘Chicken Tortellini with Asiago Cream Sauce’ and had already decided that he was not going to like it. Even still, I forged ahead, I was excited about this dish and in cooking it, and I felt my inner chef emerging. I have never been one who really enjoyed cooking; I accepted it as something that I had to do to keep my family alive. For some reason tonight was different, I was actually having fun, and I think it had to do with the fact that I was using real ingredients, not just opening jars.
The inspiration for this dish came from the grocery store frozen food aisle. I like the premade pasta dishes, but at almost $7.00 for a 2-serving package, I would need to buy at least two packages to barely feed my family of 5, at a cost of $14! Since that is not happening, I decided to look at the frozen dishes that most interested me and try to recreate them.
Chicken Tortellini with Asiago Cream Sauce
1 package Tortellini (I used Three Cheese)
2 cups cooked chicken breast
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
5 oz. Asiago Cheese grated
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
Prepare the tortellini according to the package directions. To make the cream sauce: Pour flour into a medium saucepan; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat; cook until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and slowly add cheese, stirring until melted. Add pepper and salt. I served the dish with cooked spinach.
While the kids were not very enthusiastic about this dish, I thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband said that while he liked it, he wishes it had more seasonings. I do not agree with my husband. Sometimes we over season our food, instead of letting the natural flavors come through. I told him that he needed to train his palate to learn to enjoy the subtle flavors of food…let’s just say that we have decided to agree to disagree on this one.