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Spicy Tortellini

 Spicy Tortellini
Spicy V8 juice is the surprise ingredient behind this savory Test Kitchen creation. Tortellini takes a cue from stew and is served up in a sauce that’s brimming with flavor.
2 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.


  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 can (5-1/2 ounces) spicy hot V8 juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 cup dried cheese tortellini
  • Shredded Asiago cheese, optional


  • In a small saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a
  • slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. In the drippings, saute the
  • celery, onion and garlic until tender.
  • Combine cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir into celery mixture.
  • Add the V8 juice, chili powder, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil;
  • cook for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add tortellini. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or
  • until tortellini is tender. Sprinkle with bacon. Garnish with Asiago
  • cheese if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1-1/4 cups (prepared with reduced-sodium broth; calculated without cheese) equals 401 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 1,293 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 12 g protein.