I think one of the best things you can do for a new mama to help make her transition in to motherhood a little easier is to make her and her family some food. Preferably something yummy that everyone in her family will eat and enjoy...and something that will make her feel good! I know as a new mom I LOVED when people would bring food. Especially when they would drop off the food, hold my baby while they insisted I take a shower or a nap, and then LEAVE. Moms, can I get an AMEN?
So today I'm sharing my favorite new mama meal....Sausage Tortellini Pasta. It's perfect for fall and my entire family loves this dish! Plus it's easy to make but makes you look like you know what you are doing in the kitchen.
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 links Italian sausage (I use mild)
4 cloves pressed garlic
1 onion, diced
½ c. water
2 cans chicken broth...or that big carton of broth...I usually use the whole thing.
½ c. apple cider (don’t leave this out!)
1 16-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 c. sliced carrots
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
2 medium zucchini, grated (use your cheese grater or food processor!)
15 oz. package cheese tortellini
½ Tbsp. dried parsley
In a large pot, cook sausage
Chop onions and garlic and add to the sausage.
Continue cooking until onions are translucent and your sausage is cooked.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, juice, water, chicken broth, carrots, oregano, and basil.
Cover and simmer for ½ hour.
Add parsley and zucchini and simmer for another 15 minutes or so.
Add the tortellini and cook until tender, and then serve with bread and freshly-grated Parmesan and some Italian bread.
This is a fantastic meal to take to a new mom and her family and it re-heats perfectly. My new favorite way to package up food for a family is with these awesome Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers I found at Walmart. They don't take up a ton of space and are a great alternative to plastic because they are made with plant fibers! Yay!
Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers are perfect for the microwave...no need to clean them, just eat and toss! What new mom wouldn't love that?
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