I got the basics of this recipe from some magazine, but I changed it up a bit to make it a family favorite. It's quite easy, feeds a lot and relatively cheap. Add a side salad, maybe garlic bread sticks and some fresh fruit for a satisfying meal, that even most picky eaters will like.
Red Pepper & Green Bean Tortellini
1 pkg. cheese tortellini
4 chicken breasts, cut up in 1 3/4 inch pieces
2 TB olive oil
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1/4 chopped red onion (about 3/4 inch)
1/2 c chopped walnuts (adds a light crunch without a nutty taste)
1 can whole green beans (or use fresh)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 TB sour cream (optional)
2 cloves crushed garlic
sea salt, pepper, basil
Parmesan cheese for garnish/taste
Prepare cheese tortellini, drain, keep warm and set aside.
Heat olive oil, then saute' garlic and onion on stove.
Add in red pepper, green beans and walnuts until tender.
Add chicken to pan & salt and pepper. Stir fry until done. Add in the nut/veggie mix to the chicken. Add heavy whipping cream, sour cream, basil and any other spices.
Bring sauce to a boil, then cover and simmer for approx 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally.
Remove covered pan to unheated surface and toss in cheese tortellini to coat.
Sauce will thicken as it stands.
Serve topped with a light sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, and freshly ground black pepper.
*ps, I'm not a stickler to cutting the exact sizes I mentioned, I make things a little small since I have toddlers, but you don't have to, (with the exception of onion, chopping too small will result in a very oniony taste).
*pss, I don't usually set the veggies aside then do the chicken. I usually mix the chicken in with the onions and garlic too, then add the rest of the veggies/nuts when the chicken is done, but sometimes, I like the veggies to be a little more pan seared. Either way works.