Tortellini Salad With Spinach Pesto & Tomatoes

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"A great yet simple pasta dish. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, BBQ's etc. And, if you want. Add chicken or shrimp to this, to make it a main dish. Now, I make a spinach pesto for this; which I think makes all the difference; but, it is not difficult to prepare. And, I also like the combination of using both sun dried tomatoes and fresh tomatoes. Prep time does not include time for the pesto to rest in the refrigerator."

Original recipe yields 5 servings
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (261.3 g)
  • Calories 783.1
  • Total Fat - 32.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 10.3 mg
  • Sodium - 265.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 110.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 16.3 g
  • Sugars - 2.1 g
  • Protein - 17.2 g
  • Calcium - 179.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 28.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Pesto ... Add the walnuts to the food processor; and, pulse a couple of times to lightly break them up. Then, add the spinach, garlic, shallot, cheese, lemon juice or white wine vinegar, and herbs to a food processor; and, pulse until everything is coarse chopped. Drizzle in the olive oil, a little at a time; until the pesto has a smooth consistency. Stop and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Then, transfer to a bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest. I actually prefer to use a small tupperware container; but, use what you have. I like the pesto to rest 30 minutes to an hour before adding it to the salad.

Step 2

Tortellini ... Cook according to package directions, in plenty of salted water. Once the pasta is done; drain, and rinse under cool water. Then transfer to a bowl.

Step 3

Finish and Garnish ... Add the sun dried tomatoes and fresh tomatoes to the cooled tortellini; along with 1 cup of the pesto; and, toss. Taste and season if necessary with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Garnish with extra parmesan cheese, and the 'crunched up' croutons. You can make your own croutons; or, just buy a good quality one. Add them to a small ziploc bag; and crunch them up. NO, you aren't making bread crumbs ... just a coarse crumble. Added to the pasta salad; they, add a nice texture. You can also add chopped scallions if you want as well.

Step 5

Serve and ENJOY! ... As I mentioned, add chicken or shrimp to make it a main dish; or serve as a side salad. Delicious and easy. Also, any extra pesto; is great on sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas; or, made into a vinaigrette for your favorite green salad - Lots of possibilities.

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