It’s been quite a few Valentine’s Days since my first go round with the goodness that is brown butter and basalmic vinegar. I remember our first Valentine’s Day as new parents, we couldn’t go out for a romantic dinner so I made us one at home. That night it was brown butter & balsamic toasted ravioli (awesome!), but this version with tortellini was equally good and pretty kid friendly too.
Balsamic Chicken & Brown Butter Toasted Tortellini
Heat some olive oil & minced garlic in a large pan. Add your chicken breasts or tenderloins and after a few minutes add a few tablespoons of a nice quality balsamic vinegar. I think we used 4-5 small frozen breasts here with 1.5 tablespoons of vinegar, increase the amount based on how much chicken you are using. Let the chicken cook until the juices run clear and the outside starts to brown and get a bit crispy.
Cook tortellini according to package directions (we used grocery store brand frozen spinach & cheese tortellini), drain and set aside. Melt 4-6 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and continue to heat until butter starts to turn brown (5-7 minutes). Add tortellini and a tablespoon or two of balsamic vingear (depending on how much tortellini you have). Stir around until tortellini are coated in butter & balsamic vinegar and then a few minutes more until tortellini starts to “toast” a bit.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese & sit down to enjoy this truly fabulous meal with your family.
Served here with one of my favorite summer salads — the caprese salad.
So simple, yet so tasty. All you need are some mixed greens of your choice, cherry tomatoes cut in half (any tomatoes will do, dice a larger one if that’s what you have on hand), some fresh mozzerella (we used tiny mozzerella balls, so simple), a bit of olive oil, a bit of balsamic vinegar, basil, and some salt & pepper. Sometimes I add parsley and oregano too, if I have it on hand.
If you’ve never cooked with or experimented with Balsamic Vinegar … then we have lots to talk about! It’s a staple in my pantry and I would love to help make it one in yours as well.