In the midst of a long, brutal winter, it’s easy to find yourself subsisting on soup, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, and other comfort foods. No one wants to venture out to Weshop at 7 PM in sub-zero temperatures, only to come home with a bag full of chocolate-covered pretzels and a bottle of seltzer water. Not to mention that it’s midterms week, which means we have even less time to worry about dietary choices. But what if we told you that you could actually whip up something pretty tasty and perfect for winter weather, only using ingredients found at Weshop?

That’s right – no Whole Foods needed. Here’s the recipe for a savory tortellini salad that’s sure to keep you satisfied as midterms and the winter season come to a highly anticipated end!

tort1Ingredients:

1. 1 package of fresh tortellini (and by “fresh” I mean the kind that you find in the refrigerator section)

2. ½ bag of sundried tomatoes, chopped

3. 1 jar of Greek olives, chopped

4. 3 cloves of garlic

5. ½ bag of baby spinach

6. ½ package of feta cheese

7. olive oil

8. crushed red pepper, salt, and ground black pepper to taste

9. parmesan cheese, grated (you really can’t have enough cheese)

 

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Directions:

1. Bring a pot of water to boil – you won’t need a lot of water!

2. When the water is boiling, pour in the tortellini and let cook for 2-3 minutes. Strain when done.

3. Heat the olive oil in a separate large pan.

4. Let garlic cloves simmer in the oil.

5. Add sundried tomatoes, olives, and feta. Simmer for around 2 minutes.

6. Add the spinach and tortellini.

7. Let all the ingredients simmer together for ~3 minutes. Stir occasionally.

8. Season with crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper to taste

9. Serve and enjoy! Grate some parmesan cheese on top if desired.

 

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Voila! It’s almost like you’re in the Mediterranean, right?

 

The shore of Greece

The shore of Greece

 

-Alex Irace ’15