Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter or other shortening

1 large onion

1 green pepper, sliced

1 red pepper, sliced

1 pound hamburger

1 can strained tomatoes

1 package spaghetti

Grated parmesan cheese

Pepper seeds

Salt and pepper

Directions

Chop the onion fine and add to the hamburger.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Shape meat into small balls. Melt the shortening and cook the sliced peppers for about 5 minutes in a pan. Add the meat balls and brown. Add the tomatoes and cook about 10 minutes. Boil the spaghetti about 10 minutes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and place in a serving dish. Pour meat and sauce over spaghetti.  Serve with pepper seeds and grated parmesan.

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Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Ingredients

1 bag regular sized Barilla three cheese tortellini (8 oz) or 16 oz fresh tortellini in the refrigerated section of your grocery store

2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup chopped fresh spinach

1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon onion flakes

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups half-and-half

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Begin by boiling your tortellini noodles until they are al dente (aka ready). Follow the directions on the bag for boiling time.

While the tortellini is boiling, chop the spinach roughly.

Heat a large skillet using medium heat and put the two teaspoons of minced garlic into it. Sautee it briefly until fragrant, about thirty seconds.

Add into the skillet the petite diced tomatoes (undrained), spinach, salt, pepper, dried basil, and onion flakes.

Cook and stir over medium high heat until the mixture begins to bubble.

In another bowl, combine the flour and half-and-half. Whisk until fairly smooth.

Add the creamy mixture into the skillet along with the parmesan cheese.

Heat through and reduce the heat to medium low and continue to stir and cook until it thickens, about 5 minutes.

Add the drained tortellini and mix together gently.

Serve and enjoy!