Pasta Meal for 4 in Under 20 Minutes

Need a quick meal everyone in your family will enjoy? Pasta and salad will do the trick even for the pickiest of eaters. If you aren’t in a time crunch, we included a recipe for spicy pecans that may exceed 20 minutes but it’s so good we couldn’t leave it out. If you are in a hurry, try a store-bought version or regular pecans work too.

Tortellini with side salad

Market Pantry Frozen Tortellini

Simply Balanced Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Market Pantry Parmesan Cheese

Market Pantry Garlic Texas Toast




1 1/2 lbs Spring Mix Lettuce

6 oz Blue, Gorgonzola, or Feta Cheese

1 pt Fresh Blueberries

1 cup Spicy Pecans (see below)

1/2 cup Maple Vinaigrette Dressing


If you are able to make ahead of time, here is a pecan recipe worth trying. Otherwise, use regular pecans or store-bought spicy pecans.

  1. I made 1/2 batch. Keep in covered container for 1-2 weeks-not as fresh but OK.
  2. Roast on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or when smells like roasted nuts. Stir every 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix spices together and toss cooled pecans in seasoning. Pour melting butter over seasoned pecans and mix well (One time I accidentally mixed the seasoning with butter and then mixed with pecans-that works too). Cool for one hour on cookie sheet.

Vinaigrette Dressing:

1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup Finely Chopped Yellow Onion

2/3 cup Authentic Maple Syrup

1 Tablespoon Brown Mustard

1 cup Canola Oil (I use olive oil)

  1. I made 1/2 batch and used about 1/3-1/2 of it on a large salad. It keeps for a while in the refrigerator.
  2. Place all ingredients in food processor except oil. Drizzle in oil slowly and mix very well.

Tomato Basil Tortellini


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