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Caramelized Onion-Tortellini Spinach Salad Recipe

Tender tortellini pairs well with crunchy fresh spinach in this innovative salad from our Test Kitchen home economists. Caramelized onions add flavorful element.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 4 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, stems removed and torn
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook onions in butter and oil for 5 minutes or until tender. Add brown sugar; cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until onions are golden brown, stirring frequently. Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions.
  • 2. Add the vinegar, salt and pepper to onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until syrupy.
  • 3. Drain tortellini and rinse in cold water. In a large serving bowl, combine the tortellini, spinach and Parmesan cheese. Add onion mixture and toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 185 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 252mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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joycerm53 User ID: 703299 153658
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"This was very good! I used Vidalia onions and they were so good. I made it and packed it up for a picnic in the park. This recipe is a keeper."

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