Cheesy Tortellini & Squash

by simplylife on November 9, 2011

I’m terrified of having children.  Would you like to take a guess why?…

Is it the sleepless nights? No.

The idea of having dirty little fingerprints all over our walls?  Ooops. Already happened.

The thought of having teenagers who will have a phone installed in each of their thumbs?  Sort of.  But no, that’s not it.

Having a child who refuses to eat anything but mac & cheese and chicken fingers.  Bingo.

Now, I have nothing against a good bowl of mac & cheese, but I am pretty much incapable of eating (or preparing) the same meal twice in a row.  Okay, twice in a year.  Especially if it wouldn’t put a dent in our CSA supply.

So I’ve decided to start early with getting ready for this.  (Okay, or maybe I have a husband who is not as thrilled as I am about the countless number of squashes we received before our CSA ended).  Either way, this bowl of cheesy noodles is the best way to sneak in squash and kale for even the pickiest husbands kids.

Cheesy Tortellini and Squash

2 tbs. olive oil
1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I baked this first for about 20 minutes on 350 degrees to make it tender enough to cut but you don’t need to)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Oregano, to taste
Basil, to taste
1/2 bunch kale, roughly chopped
2 cups cheese or pesto filled tortellini
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1.  Cook tortellini according to package directions.   Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add squash and cook until slightly soft and golden, about 5-8 minutes, depending on if you baked it first to soften.  Add garlic and seasonings and cook additional 2 minutes.

2.   Stir in kale to skillet and cook 2 minutes, or until slightly wilted.  Drain tortellini and add to skillet.  Add 1/4 cup cheese and mix together.  Place in broiler-safe dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.  Broil until golden and bubbly, about 3 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

~Do you try to sneak veggies (or other foods) into meals?  

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  • Kiran @

    Hahaha!!! This post reminds me of the fact that I am yet to taste mac n cheese! Shocker, I know 😀

  • SavoryandSavage

    Lol, I am just like you – I love making new things – if I had to rotate the same things over and over? It would drive me crazy.

    The cheesy tortellini and squash looks amazing!

  • Juliana

    I am pretty much like you in regards to repeating the same dish…there are so many things to try out there…
    I love the combination of butternut squash, adds a great texture to the tortellini.
    Hope you are having a nice week 🙂

  • Sam

    I’ll happily eat leftovers and will make the same meal more than once. I am, however, totally with you on making dishes that don’t use up enough CSA veggies not being worth it. And I sneak veggies into things all the time. My pesto pretty consistently has an added leafy green, I’ve made cookies that have finely shredded zucchini in them. I’m, basically a terrible person who lies in order to make sure my boyfriend eats vegetables.

    • Simply Life

      Ha, I love it! Very creative!

  • Colleen

    Hello YUM! Love it. I’m a fan of adding veggies to just about anything! Can’t get enough.

  • Heather

    This might be naive, but if you never give mac & cheese or chicken nuggets to your kid, then it can’t be the only thing he eats. Our only kid is two weeks old, so we have a little time before testing this theory…

  • decocinasytacones

    THEY LOOK SO GOOD!, I love tortellinis!!

  • Juniakk

    squash and pasta just sound delightful! i would love to eat pasta with chunks of butternut squash! ahhh you so funny. kids like the same dishes over and over again, that’s so true hahaha.

  • Christy Rathnalatha G

    Luv this tortellini Squash.Luks Super inviting.

  • Anu Shoj
  • sally

    I completely agree–I am very scared of having super picky kids! Your tortellini looks fantastic!

  • Ranjani

    ha, I totally have the same fear about becoming a parent. I’m already trying to prepare myself for the possibility that my future children might not be quite so excited about all vegetables as I am

  • Jamie Walker

    I try to sneak veggies into EVERYTHING. Seriously, everything! The one thing I ever miss being a vegan is cheese…this looks delicious.

  • camille

    I sneak the vegetables my husband doesn’t like into things all the time – thank you food processor!

  • Jesse (goodgirlgoneglad)

    That looks delicious! What a wonderful problem to have… I get in such a cooking rut! Don’t worry, if you start kids off eating like you then they will follow suit. I have a friend whose kids love onions raw. It’s all he knows. =)

    • Simply Life

      Ha, that’s great to know! 🙂

  • meri

    Wow- even though I’m eating something absolutely delicious right now, I want that anyway! And I think you don’t need to worry- if you give kids enough experience eating real foods as a kid, they will eat the veggies and will not necessarily be too picky.

  • Joanne

    Haha that’s kinda my biggest fear as well! Although…my kids are going to eat veggies or they’re not going to eat at all!

    Love this dish. You get the best of both decadent and veggie-full worlds with this!

  • Natalie – will jog for food

    That looks delicious!! I love adding veggies to pasta.

  • Trix

    That looks fabulous, and I am sure even the pickiest eater would gobble it up!

  • Errign

    Yummmm I love tortellini. One of the dishes in the dining hall yesterday was beef gnocchi baked with creamed spinach and other than the beef part, I pretty much died from the awesomeness.

  • Allie

    I keep seeing these delicious meals involving pasta, cheese and squash…and I want some. I’ll just top my pasta with plain ol’ squash and pretend 😀 And I have no interest in kids, but if so, I would definitely be one of those parents who makes their kids finish everything. I could never handle a picky eater!

  • Yummychunklet

    Ha! That would be a terror. Similar to the child on “Wife Swap” who only ate bacon.

  • Beth

    I have two kids – one will try anything, and the other likes about three things! It doesn’t keep me from trying new recipes, but I admit it can sometimes be a challenge.

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I have the same worry about kids! Adding these kinds of veggies to fun meals will also be my strategy and, like your husband, I don’t think mine minds these types of meals in the least!

  • Lola Lobato

    Cheese tortellini a perfect combination to hide and seek the vegetables, especially for those skeptical to veggies…

  • Desk Snacker

    Awesome, I had some butternut squash I wanted to chop up. Thanks for the idea!

  • Jolene (Everydayfoodie)

    I wouldn’t worry about that – your kids will eat well, because you will cook well for them and feed them delicious, varied, and healthy foods right from the get go. They won’t know any different 🙂

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