Here's a great Italian Recipes from the Cookie Queen from New Kensington, PA...
Tortellini with Basil-Wine Sauce
This delicious dish can be prepared in the
time it takes water to boil plus 5 minutes.
The wine you choose is important because
that is what will flavor the sauce. Use
something you really like. I used Kenwood
Yulupa Chardonnay - a wine from Sonoma
County, Calif., a gift from from my brother
and sister-in-law. This wine is partially
barrel fermented in Oak barrels which gives
it a substantial bitey taste. and makes it
passionate enough for cooking yet subtle
enough for drinking.
If you are interested in learning more about
this excellent wine, visit the Kenwood
Vineyards web site at
The fresh basil also is essential. If you do
not have FRESH basil, try rosemary - although
I personally do not care for rosemary).
12 ounces refrigerated or frozen tortellini
3 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup chopped onions
Fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt & black pepper to taste
3/4 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup whipping cream
Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
* Cook 12 ounces refrigerated or frozen
tortellini. I prefer the frozen.Rosetto
Cheese Tortellini which cooks in 3-5 minutes.
But you can use your favorite.
* While the tortellini water is boiling, saute
1/4 cup chopped pecans in 1 1/2 Tablespoons
butter. Cook for three minutes and then
remove pecans to a bowl.
* Saute 1/3 cup chopped onions (I use vidalias,
but scallions work well too) in remaining 1 1/2
* Stir in 3/4 cup dry white wine and 2/3 cup
whipping cream. Season with salt and freshly-
ground black pepper to taste.
* Cook sauce until it is reduced to about 1 cup
- this should take about 5 minutes. Be
aware that this sauce is ³thin² - not thick
like most cream sauces. This is the way it
is supposed to be.
* When sauce is reduced, stir in torn basil
leaves and sauteed pecans.
* Drain tortellini and stir into sauce.
* Serve at once with freshly-grated
the "Cookie Queen" - Patricia Condelli
Cookie Queen Cookies & Cookbooks
1053 Edgewood Road, New Kensington, PA 15068
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