Bacon & Spinach Tortellini – As Heard on WROK

Makes 4 servings
30 minutes start to finish

“Everyone who has tried this recipe has loved it.  It is one of my all-time favorites.  You can put it together to cater to each person’s preference.  I buy a big  bag of spinach and use the rest for the salad.  I add the left-over pine nuts to the salad as well.

6 pieces bacon
1 family-size package cheese tortellini
1 tablespoon pine nuts -optional, but delicious
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic -minced
2 cups fresh, baby spinach
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1)  Microwave bacon between 10 paper towels (5 layers on each side) for 5 – 6 minutes.  Crumble and set aside.

2)  Cook tortellini according to package; drain.  Transfer to a large bowl.

3)  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add pine nuts to pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes until toasted – stirring occasionally.  Add nuts to bowl of pasta.

4)  Heat olive oil in the same skillet over low heat.  Add garlic and saute 1 minute.  Add spinach to pan.  Cook for 2 minutes or until spinach wilts.  Add to bowl.

5)  Add to bowl; parmesan, pepper, and crumbled bacon.  Toss well and serve.

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