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I just got home from the store and I learned two things which I think we should jump right into a talk about. Don’t worry, we will still talk about this skinny creamy pesto tortellini and why it’s not only totally delicious, but you’re going to be writing me thank you letters too. Well, you probably wont, but I do love a good thank you note. Anyway, let’s talk Walmart.

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I don’t love Walmart. That’s my nice way of saying that I don’t like it. I am not a grocery snob, I wish I was as I truly do think that some stores flat out carry ten times better food, but I refuse to spend $1k a month on groceries (uh yes, I literally could do that).  I don’t like the big W because it’s always dirty, it’s always so crowded that checking out makes me want to pull my own limbs off, there’s never a soul around who can help with anything, it’s dirty (oh, I already said that… just pointing it out again) and most importantly to me, the produce and meat are the worst. No, really. If you’ve been buying your meat there I guarantee you’ll notice a difference in quality going elsewhere and if you shop the sales you can pay the same price.

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Ok, so we know how I feel about it, but I still go occasionally because they have everything in one place (we needed hangers and milk). So, I was leaving the store and a grandpa (cutest little guy ever) and his granddaughter were also walking out and the little girl ran over and opened the door to what must have been her mom’s car. Holy. Hannah. What happens next has me about in tears as I write this.

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This woman started screaming at the little girl. I mean, out loud, top of her lungs, sounding like a crazy person, screaming at her and not only was it to hurry up but also things like, “I can’t stand how slow you are and I didn’t want to deal with you today already! Get out of my car!! I am so tired of you.” Now note, we all have bad days and I’ve certainly yelled at my kids, but never things like that. And note number two, this little girl not only had not said anything but she had literally jumped into the car and I watched her get buckled. It’s not humanly possible to go any faster than she did.

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I seriously wanted to go give that woman a piece of my mind, but more importantly I wanted to grab that little girl and bring her home with me. My 7 year old was with me and she was so shaken up. She kept asking why that woman was saying those things and asking what we should do. So friends, what should I have done? Should I have called the police and given them the license plate? She didn’t touch her at all, but isn’t verbal abuse even worse? I have been sick about it this whole time and I just hate thinking about that poor little girl. This world stinks. I’m over it. Something has got to change and in the meantime, I’m making dinner to take to someone because after that experience I feel like I owe it to someone to do something kind.

Creamy pesto sauce with a fraction of the calories but you'd never guess it ohsweetbasil.com sausage, tortellini, pesto, mozzarella

So here’s what I’m making. I made it last week and the husband loved it so much he had 4 helpings and then I told him how incredibly low-cal it is compared to a normal cream sauce and he got up and kissed me. It’s just spinach and cheese tortellini with lean sausage, and an almond milk pesto sauce that literally tastes like a normal cream sauce. Don’t worry, I would roll my eyes at me too as I hate when people say that and then it actually tastes like something I stepped in, but it really does taste like a normal cream sauce. The surprise is that compared to heavy cream which is a whopping 50 calories in a tablespoon, almond milk is 35 in an entire cup! Booyah!!!So friends, seriously let’s pray for all those sweet children tonight and maybe make this for your family to show them you care.

What Is Pesto?

Pesto consists of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmigiano-Reggiano, a hard, dry cheese made from skimmed or partially skimmed cow’s milk, and pecorino sardo, a firm cheese which is made from sheep milk, all blended with olive oil.

What is Pesto Used For?

It is most commonly used to top cooked pasta.

Pesto can be so much more than a pasta sauce.

Pesto can be used as a spread, a salad dressing, sauce or garnish, filling, topping for pizza, or an accompaniment for breakfast eggs and meats.

Can You Eat Tortellini Cold?

You can eat tortellini cold, you can eat them hot.

You can eat them with sauces or just butter and or sour cream.

You can just put a little oil on them and add vegetables, or wild greens, or nothing at all and they are still full of flavor.

Skinny Creamy Pesto Tortellini

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Skinny Creamy Pesto Tortellini

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 package tri color tortellini any kind will do
  • 1 pound sausage turkey sausage if you can find it
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto we buy ours at Costco
  • 3/4 cup low fat mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the sausage.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally to break up the meat, about 6-8 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Drain the grease and place the meat on a plate.
  • Place the pan with browned bits back on the burner and add the olive oil and garlic.
  • Heat the pan back up to medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large pot over medium heat, filled half way with water.
  • Season with 1/2-1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Once the browned bits pan is hot, add the flour and whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Quickly add the almond milk and continue to whisk.
  • Once the sauce comes to a boil turn down to a simmer and allow to thicken.
  • Add the pesto, whisk again and heat through.
  • Heat the oven to broil.
  • Place the tortellini in a baking dish, add the sausage and sauce and carefully fold all of the ingredients together.
  • Sprinkle the top with a little cheese and place under the broiler until melted.
  • Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Creamy Pesto Tortellini
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 553 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 1110mg48%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 749IU15%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 290mg29%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • You definitely could call the child abuse hotline (it’s different in each state, but easy to find online!) if you suspect abuse in the future. They will determine if it’s worth looking into, but at least you’d know you did something to help! Better safe than sorry, that’s what I say 🙂

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  • The tortellini is boiled before adding? Thank you.

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  • OMG…this looks absolutely fabulous!!! WOW! I will have to try this! Pinned for another week night!

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    • yay! I hope you like it!

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  • Oh my goodness! I have experienced parenting at its worst as well… Makes you sick to think of what happens behind closed doors. 🙁 So very sad! More positively… I am really excited to try out this Delish recipe!!

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    • Isn’t it just horrid? I’m so heart broken for her

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  • Oh that poor girl. That is so sad. I’ve seen parents talk to kids like that in public but I never know what to do. 🙁

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    • Isn’t it the worst? I just want to take those kids home and show them what love is.

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  • My heart is breaking for that poor little girl. So helpless and yet has to take a verbal beating from mom. Probably for the rest of her life. Praying for her.

    By the way, this tortellini is an absolute must try Carrian!

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    • Thanks Sally. I seriously cannot stop thinking about her.

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  • I love pesto! Especially when it’s all creamy. Sometimes I add in a half cup of whipped light cream cheese to premade pesto and it works well too! Love it!

    And I would have told that mother a piece of my mind!!!!

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    • Oh, I’ve never added cream cheese! Love that idea!

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  • I know how you feel. Sometimes I could just walk up to those types of parents (there seem to be an overabundance of them in Walmart parking lots) and throttle them! I don’t think making a scene would do any good, though. If she had hit the child, then maybe. Calling the police would probably only embarrass the poor child even more.

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe btw



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    • Totally, she could have made the situation worse. Breaks my heart though.

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  • Oh, I hate Walmart too, but I hate the thought of that poor little girl dealing with that awful mama her whole life. That’s just so sad. 🙁

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