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Creamed Spinach Tortellini with Seasoned Shrimp

Cheese tortellini and fresh spinach are stirred into a triple cheese blended cream sauce, and served topped with seasoned shrimp for maximum cold weather comfort in one simple dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For The Creamed Spinach Tortellini

  • 1 lb of cheese tortellini cooked & drained
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled smoked Gouda cheese
  • 16 oz of fresh baby spinach washed and dried
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

For The Seasoned Shrimp

  • 1 lb medium-large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

To Make The Creamed Spinach Tortellini

  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about a minute to cook out the floury taste.
  • Turn the heat up to high and stir in the half and half, a little bit at a time, adding more each time the mixture thickens and comes back together. Once it's all incorporated and the mixture's begun to thicken a bit, reduce the heat to medium again.
  • Stir in all of the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the tortellini, until the cheese is completely melted and the spinach has begun to wilt slightly.
  • Toss the cooked tortellini into the creamed spinach mixture until evenly coated.
  • Serve as is, or reduce the heat to low and stir occasionally, while you prepare the shrimp.

To Make The Seasoned Shrimp

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, toss the shrimp together with the Old Bay, salt, and olive oil.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the seasoned shrimp to the skillet, cooking on both sides, just until cooked through. Remove the skillet from heat immediately to prevent over-cooking.
  • Ladle the tortellini mixture into bowls to serve, and top each bowl with a generous helping of shrimp.
  • Enjoy immediately.