Tortellini, Mushrooms in Marsala-Mascarpone Cream Sauce
This easy pasta dish combines cheese tortellini and mushrooms in a velvety smooth sauce made with Marsala wine and mascarpone cheese. Served over a bed of sautéed spinach, this makes a satisfying meatless meal.
- 12 ounces cheese tortellini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup Marsala wine
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 10 ounces fresh spinach
- Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for grating
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the tortellini.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until soft, 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, season liberally with salt and pepper and continue cooking until any liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes.
While the mushrooms brown, cook and drain the tortellini according to package directions.
Add the Marsala to the mushroom-shallot mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes, then add the mascarpone and fresh thyme, stirring until smooth and creamy. Remove from the heat, add the tortellini and parsley and combine thoroughly. Cover and keep warm.
In a separate pan, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper and cook until wilted, 2 minutes.
To serve, make a bed of spinach on each of 4 plates, top with the tortellini and some grated cheese.
Makes 4 servings