Monday, December 10, 2007

Zuchini Tortellini Parmesean

Prep: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings

1 package fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 26 oz can spaghetti sauce
2 small zuchini
1/3 cup grated parmesean cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse and drain. While pasta is cooking, brown hamburger with onions, garlic and oregano in a large skillet, drain. Add spaghetti sauce & zuchini, cook 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Arrange half of pasta in a greased 2 quart microwaveable baking dish; top with half each of sauce & cheese. Repeat layers ending with cheese. Cover & microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until heated through, rotating halfway through cooking time.

Tips & Tricks:
Ravioli or another filled pasta can be used in place of tortellini. Precrushed garlic or garlic powder can be used in place of garlic cloves. This recipe can be doubled & frozen, or can be made ahead, refrigerated & heated just before serving.

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