Barilla's dried, shelf-stable tortellini is a pleasant surprise.
These large, plump egg pasta folds retain their shape after eight to 10 minutes in boiling water.
The pasta is light, yet strong enough to hold the moist, flavorful filling.
Barilla, Italy's largest food brand, makes the tortellini (about $2.99 for an 8.9-ounce bag, available in most supermarkets) in four varieties -- ricotta and spinach, porcini mushroom, three cheese, as well as ricotta and asparagus.
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