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Tasty Tortellini Toss

Makes 3 serving(s)

WHAT'S IN IT?

3 quarts (12 cups) water
1 (9 ounce) package fresh cheese or three-cheese tortellini, uncooked
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 cup loosely-packed, chopped fresh basil or parsley

STUFF YOU NEED

Adult's permission to use the stove
Liquid measuring cup
Large saucepan
Potholders
Colander
Medium-size bowl
Measuring spoons
Dry measuring cups
Large spoon
3 dinner plates or bowls
3 forks

HOW TO PUT IT TOGETHER

  1. Pour water into a large saucepan from a liquid measuring cup.
  2. Place the uncovered pan on the appropriate stove burner. Turn the burner on high.
  3. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  4. Once you see lots of bubbles, very carefully pour the tortellini into the boiling water. If you need, ask an adult to be your assistant pasta-cooking chef!
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-high and boil the tortellini gently for 8 minutes, or according to the tortellini package directions.
  6. Using the potholders, carefully drain the pasta in a colander that's sitting in the sink. Watch out for the steam!
  7. From the colander, dump the cooked, drained tortellini into a medium-size bowl.
  8. Throw the cherry tomatoes onto the hot tortellini.
  9. Drizzle the olive oil from a measuring spoon all over the tortellini and tomatoes.
  10. Shake on the garlic salt from a measuring spoon.
  11. Stir the tortellini mixture with a large spoon (or "toss"!) gently to coat all ingredients.
  12. Just before you're ready to chow down the Tasty Tortellini Toss, scatter in the fresh basil or parsley from a measuring cup. Voila!
  13. Spoon onto 3 dinner plates or bowls. Serve with forks. Savor the flavors!

WHY IT'S GOOD FOR YOU

Per serving:
220 Calories, 7 g Total Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 15 mg Cholesterol, 350 mg Sodium, 31 g Total Carbohydrates, 4 g Dietary Fiber, 1 g Sugars, 10 g Protein, 15% Vitamin A, 35% Vitamin C, 10% Calcium, 8% Iron

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