ml's Susannah Locketti: This dish combines healthy convenience foods with a little creativity to create a quick and easy dinner perfect for date night. Instead of spending all your time in the kitchen, you can kick back and relax with this fuss-free yet sophisticated dinner for two.
Chicken & Prosciutto Tortellini with Creamy Butternut Thyme Sauce
9 oz. container fresh chicken and prosciutto tortellini
1 cup canned butternut squash soup
1/4 cup plus 2 TB grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 TB butter
Place the tortellini in salted boiling water. While the pasta is boiling, combine the soup, cheese, butter and fresh thyme in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 90 seconds until hot, and stir. Drain the pasta and toss with the butternut squash sauce. Top with additional grated cheese and thyme. Serve hot.
This dish cost me under $10 because I already had the cheese and walnuts on hand. The fresh tortellini was priced reasonably and because it's for date night, I splurged a bit with the chicken-flavored variety.
Chicken & prosciutto tortellini -- $4.49
Butternut-squash soup -- $2.59
Thyme -- $1.99
Parmesan cheese -- Free (on hand)
Walnuts -- Free (on hand)
Butter -- Free (on hand)
Total Cost: $9.07