National Tortellini Day
Pasta Rustica with Smoked Mozzarella
From Bon Appetit
2 packages (about 9 ounces each) dried cheese tortellini
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
2 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup vermouth or dry sherry
1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
3/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted, halved
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 pound smoked mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- Cook tortellini in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain well.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; increase heat to high and sauté until onion is beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add tomatoes; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add vermouth, then parsley, basil, olives, and oregano. Cook 4 minutes, stirring often. Add cooked tortellini; toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese. Season pasta to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
I would have used less cheese than what is called for; more often than not you just got a whole bite full of cheese.