Jan 022015
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This tortellini with asparagus in a light creamy lemon sauce recipe and shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToBalance #CollectiveBias

Did you indulge a little during the holidays this year?  I know I did.  Though maybe not as much as in holidays past, as everyone has been a little under the weather the past couple of weeks so I didn’t bake as much as I usually do.

Three Cheese Tortellini & Asparagus with a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce #BackToBalance

Every year I make resolutions along with the rest of the world.  But this year I’m less about making a resolution and more about putting balance into my life.  I have a lot of posts I plan to share with you this year on taking a lifestyle approach to a “new you”, everything from getting better sleep and making smarter food choices to how to get more active (without necessarily doing that “e” word that some of us dread).

One really easy way to start bringing balance back (anyone else have a song go through their head just then?) is to add more fresh food choices.  There are a number of fruits and veggies that are in season this time of year so there’s really no reason to not be using them.  One of our favorites happens to be asparagus.

Tortellini with Asparagus in a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce

Tortellini with Asparagus in a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce Recipe #BackToBalance

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Tortellini with Asparagus in a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce
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  • 1 pkg (20oz) BUITONI® Three Cheese Tortellini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 12-15 asparagus spears, washed, trimmed & cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 tsp diced garlic
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 T fresh grated Parmesan
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and milk. Set aside.
  2. In a shallow stock pot head olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Cook tortellini according to package directions, then drain.
  4. Meanwhile, add asparagus to heated oil and saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add diced garlic; cook 1 minute more.
  6. Slowly pour ⅓ of the milk mixture into pot, whisking constantly. Let cook until slightly thickened.
  7. Repeat two more times until milk mixture is fully incorporated and the sauce is thick and bubbly.
  8. Add lemon juice and grated Parmesan and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
  9. Gently mix in cooked pasta until fully coated.
  10. Sprinkle in salt and pepper; stir.
  11. Once plated you can top with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese or a tiny bit of lemon zest, if desired.

Tortellini with Asparagus in a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce Recipe #BackToBalance

I like using the BUITONI® Three Cheese Tortellini in this dish because as it’s fresh, too – fresh eggs, semolina flour and water for the pasta then filled with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano Italian cheeses –  it pairs well with the fresh asparagus and lemon.  I also like using it because it makes meal prep fast and easy; this entire pasta recipe is cooked and ready to be served in just about 15 minutes.  Perfect for a family weeknight dinner.

BUITONI® Refrigerated Pastas & Sauces available in the refrigerated deli cases at Walmart

If you’re not familiar with fresh BUITONI® pastas you can find them in the refrigerated cases at your local grocery store.  If you’re shopping at Walmart like I did they’re usually in the refrigerated cases in the deli area (with the take and bake pizzas and sandwiches).

If you haven’t cooked with aspargus much before you might wonder what “trimmed” means.  The bottom end of the stalk can be a little tough or woody, so you want to remove them.  The easiest way to do that is to hold the base in one hand and the top in the other, then bend; the asparagus will naturally snap off in the spot where tender meets old.

Tortellini with Asparagus in a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce Recipe #BackToBalance

How will you bring balance back this year?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  29 Responses to “Tortellini with Asparagus in a Light Creamy Lemon Sauce”

  1. OMG! This sounds delish!

  2. Ooooo this looks delicious! I may have to give it a try! I love tortellini and asparagus! I’m just trying to get myself started on a new track! Trying crazy hard to not spend money and throw as much of it as I can at debt!

  3. Asparagus is one of my favorite pairs with pasta! Tortellini is one of my favorite pastas, so this is perfect for me. This looks delicious. #client

  4. This looks so creamy delicious. I’m not usually a fan of asparagus, but I’m tempted to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

  5. I’m always a sucker for creamy sauces. Love lemony pasta too!

  6. This looks amazing! I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week :)

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  8. This looks amazing! I love it!!

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  10. I made this dish last week and it was a big hit! It was very flavorful, creamy and so easy to make. The lemon added just the right amount of zing. I am definitely making this again. Next time, I may add shrimp for a change.

  11. I made this last night. It was great! Very light and I love the lemon taste. I’ll definitely be making this again for one of my Meatless Monday meals!

  12. Quick. Easy. And very tasty! Added shallots with the garlic for a little extra flavor. Thanks for a new keeper:)

  13. I made this dish last night and it. Was. AMAZING!! I am seriously considering making this again tonight!

  14. Making this for the second time tonight. We LOVE this recipie. It’s much lighter than a regular alfredo but it doesn’t lack flavor. Can’t beat the simplicity of this recipie. Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. This looks so creamy and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This is the best light Alfredo lemon sauce I have had yet. Easy to make and delicious

  18. Super easy and so delicious!!

  19. Can’t wait to make this tonight! Going to add some crumbled bacon, because to me bacon makes everything better. Guilty!

  20. Just did this recipe tonight. Had tortellini and asparagus in the fridge, was looking for a recipe with both ingredients (and I had all the other ones). Turned out to be a big hit! Thanks for the recipe! Going to add some procuitto next time for my meat fix :p

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