Today is a wonderful day in The Netherlands; it is National King’s Day and everybody is going wild while dressed all in orange! And thereby, I present to you this dish – with orange carrots since the Dutch played a big role in developing the taste of these carrots as we know them today! (Read more about the history of carrots here.)
Dutch Carrot & Leek Tortellini
Other than this small anecdote, this dish really came about to be because we had a bunch of left-overs in the fridge and it turned out pretty awesome. You’ll need:
Fresh tortellini with ricotta and spinach (or any other filling, based on your preference)
Hanful of fresh parsley, washed and finely chopped
Leek, 1 piece, washed and thinly sliced
Large orange carrots, 2 pieces, washed and thinly sliced
Large onion, 1 piece, finely chopped
Organic tomato sauce, 200ml
Organic tomatoes, 2 pieces, washed and diced
Olive oil for frying, 2 tbsp
1. Bring 1.5L of water to a boil and cook the carrots for about 10 minutes, then add in the tortellini. When the tortellini are cooked (when they all float on the surface, this is usually in about 3-5 minutes), drain all and let cool down.
2. In the meanwhile, heat up the olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add in the onion and fry it for about 5 minutes, until slightly softened. Now add in the leek and continue heating, with occassional stirring, until the leek has softened. Then add in the tomato sauce as to warm it up. When the whole sauce is nice and warm, take off fire and add it to tortellini and carrot. Top off with fresh parsley and fresh tomato, and enjoy!
Benefits of this meal
This meal is a combination of fresh vegetables and optimally cooked vegetables (for example, vitamins from carrots are more easily absorbed when the carrots are cooked), which makes is a great source of various nutrients and vitamins. Additionally, this meal is low on calories and rich in fibre. It is not too heavy on the stomach, which means you’ll be feeling good after eating it rather than having a huge after-dinner dip!
This meal is focused on vegetables and fibre, making it an excellent every day option.
Read more: Carrots against heart disease .