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Pasta in cream ... rich flavor, little fat.

PASTA GETS GOOD marks in today's diet if you accessorize it trimly. You can do this easily with these speedy-to-make tortellini, shaped in round potsticker skins. The sauce is rich-tasting but low in fat.

Lightened-up Tortellini

To cut won ton skins into rounds, use a 3- to 3 1/4-inch cookie cutter.

6 dozen (1 package, 12 to

14 oz.) potsticker

(gyoza) skins, or won

ton skins, trimmed to

rounds (see above)


filling (recipe follows)

1 large egg white

Lean cream sauce

(recipe follows)

About 1/2 cup grated

parmesan cheese

Working with 1 skin at a time, put an equal amount chicken filling in each center, about 1 teaspoon.

Moisten skin edge with egg white, fold over filling, align edges, and press to seal. Bring pointed ends together, overlapping; moisten ends with white and press to seal tortellini. As shaped, set on flour-dusted baking sheets in a single layer; keep tortellini and skins covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying. Repeat until all skins are filled. If made ahead, chill up to 4 hours, or freeze on baking sheets and package airtight to store.

In 2 pans, each 5 to 6 quarts, bring about 3 quarts water to a boil over high heat. Drop 1/2 the tortellini (unthawed, if frozen) into each pan. Cook, uncovered, until just tender to bite, 4 to 5 minutes (about 6 minutes, if frozen). If tortellini stick to each other or pan bottom, stir very gently 1 or 2 times. Reduce heat, as needed, to maintain a gentle simmer.

Pour 1/3 of the sauce into a warm bowl. Gently drain tortellini; pour into bowl. Add remaining sauce. Top with cheese. Serves 6 to 8.

Per serving: 308 cal.; 29 g protein; 5.3 g fat (2.4 g sat.); 35 g carbo.; 552 mg sodium; 48 mg chol.

Chicken-prosciutto filling.

Mince 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto. Bone and skin a 1-pound chicken breast; cut meat into 1/2-inch pieces.

In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over high heat, combine 1 large (10 oz.) onion, chopped, and 1 cup regular-strength chicken broth. Boil, uncovered, until liquid evaporates and onion starts to brown, about 12 minutes; stir often. To deglaze, add 1/3 cup water and stir to release browned bits. Boil until browning begins again; deglaze with 1/3 cup water and boil dry. Add chicken and prosciutto; stir until chicken is no longer pink in center (cut to test), about 3 minutes.

Coarsely grind in a food processor or mince. Mix with 1 large egg white, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons regular-strength chicken broth, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. If made ahead, cover and chill up to a day.

Lean cream sauce. In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan, combine 1 large (10 oz.) onion, minced, and 1 cup regular-strength chicken broth. Boil, uncovered, on high heat until liquid evaporates and onion starts to brown, about 12 minutes; stir often.

Deglaze as directed for filling (preceding). Repeat until onion is browned. If made ahead, cover and chill up to a day. Mix into onions 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 2 cups extra-light (1 percent fat) milk, and 1/2 cup regular-strength chicken broth; stir until boiling. Use hot.
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Author:Bateson, Betsy Reynolds
Date:May 1, 1992
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