Tortelonni with Pink Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella Hearts

by Laurie David, Environmentalist and Author, The Family Dinner

Here’s a festive, love-inspired pasta dish that’s a perfect family meal for Valentine’s day or any day. Enjoy! Don’t miss the Raspberry Fool Parfait for dessert on page 2!

Oh, I Love You So! TorteloniOs

Tortelonni with quick pink sauce and fresh mozzarella hearts

You need:

1 pound fresh tortelonni, in your favorite flavor
8 ounces fresh mozzarella
A few large basil leaves
4 cups pink tomato sauce (see recipe below)

Kids can….

Slice the mozzarella and with heart-shaped cookie cutters or use a small knife to cut the mozzarella into hearts large and small. With scissors, do the same with the basil leaves.
Save the scraps of both the cheese and basil.

Meanwhile, in your big pasta pot, boil the tortelonni according to package directions (in water almost as salty as the sea). When the pasta is done, drain well and toss with the basil and mozzarella scrapes. Put the tortelonni on a large platter and top with as much tomato sauce as you think it needs.

Kids can…
Decorate the pasta with the hearts and yell out “… “diiiiinner!”

Makes 4 servings

Pink Tomato Sauce

You need:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes (Muir Glen or San Marzano are good)
A few fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 cup cream or half and half
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Heat up a large, heavy-bottomed pot on high and drizzle in the olive oil. When it starts to shimmer (almost right away), throw in the onions and garlic and turn the heat down to medium. When the onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant, stir in the tomatoes and basil and heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer for about 30 minutes, add the cream and parmesan, then — and this is most important of all —

Kids can …

Taste the sauce for seasonings, dip a corner of bread into the sauce, look thoughtful, shout “YUM!”

Makes 8 cups

(You won’t need it all, but might as well make a little extra while you are at it and save it for your next pasta night)

Next: Dessert!

I’m a Fool for You

Raspberry fool parfaits

You need:

1 bag (10 ounces) frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
A handful of small meringue kisses (if they are big, crumble them a bit)

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream and 1/3 cup confectioners sugar on high until stiff peaks form.
Give the Greek yogurt a quick stir to loosen it up, then fold it into the whipped cream.
With a fork, roughly mash the raspberries with 1/3 cup confectioners sugar then gently swirl them into the whipped cream.
In small, pretty glasses, alternate layers of the raspberry whipped cream and meringue kisses. End by blowing few of your own kisses to your special helpers.

Kids can…

Stir, fold and swirl. They can also taste test, crumble kisses and layer the parfait.

Makes 4-6 servings


Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago

thank you

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Winn A4 years ago


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Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham5 years ago

I love any food that is healthy and delicious and puts a smile on your face, thanks for the recipe, Great article, thanks for sharing :)

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago


Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

Thanks this seem like a winner!

Jessi Agnew
agnew jessica5 years ago

looks awesome

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

How wonderful, thanks so much..

Anna Maria M.

looks fabulous and heartfelt

Mario A.
Mario A5 years ago

Sounds gggoooodddd