I always try to share with you all anytime I attempt to cook. Mostly because it turns into a disaster and makes for a good story. This one didn't turn out to be a hot mess, but it never ceases to amaze me that when I try something new (no matter how simple the instructions), there is always something that surprises me or is not what I expected. And then I tend to panic. Also, I need your help at the end of this one. I really liked it! But I need advice on how to make it just that much better.
So here is what I made. And yes, it's ridiculously simple...
Herb Chicken Tortellini with Vodka Sauce
First I was surprised that it called for 5 quarts of water. I pulled out 4 pans and none of them were large enough for that much water. So I just went with about 4 quarts.
Secondly, I was shocked when the tortellini floated! I thought it would sink like other pasta! So I stood there and stirred it constantly so it didn't stick or overflow.
Third, it said to "boil gently" for 7-9 minutes or until tender. Well, is there really such thing as boiling gently? It was either rapid fire or so low I couldn't tell if it was still boiling through the pasta. So, mine was tender in like 5 minutes. Oops.
It ended up being OK though. I threw the sauce in a pan and heated it up quickly and it was all done at the same time.
Add some parmesan cheese, and voila...
Like I said, it was good but here is where I need your help. You couldn't really taste the "herb chicken" that is in the tortellini. So, for next time I'm thinking about getting the cheese filled tortellini and adding in my own chicken. Do they make toretellini with nothing in it? I couldn't find any at Kroger.
Also, I love vodka sauce when it has a bit of a kick to it. This one was pretty mild, but had a great taste. Can anyone recommend a brand of vodka sauce that's more spicy? OR.. what can I add to it to give it a kick but not affect the flavor? Hot sauce? Crushed red pepper? Suggestions welcome!