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Antipasto Kabobs

My husband and I met at a cooking class. We have loved creating menus and entertaining ever since. These make-ahead antipasto skewers are always a hit. —Denise Hazen, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + marinating
  • Makes
    40 appetizers


  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 40 pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 40 large pitted ripe olives
  • 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 40 thin slices pepperoni
  • 20 thin slices hard salami, halved


  • Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the tortellini, olives and salad dressing. Toss to coat; cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Drain mixture, discarding marinade. For each appetizer, thread a stuffed olive, a folded pepperoni slice, a tortellini, a folded salami piece and a ripe olive on a toothpick or short skewer.
Nutrition Facts
1 kabob: 66 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Lynn
    Sep 20, 2020

    Yesterday, our family went to a beach in California, the weather was nice (and we did the social distancing of course... ) I MADE THESE KABOBS the day before to take with us. Maybe this is a no-brainer for others, but I recommend you transport these kabobs in "refrigerator-cold" condition. They were not as good as those left at home in the fridge. The sun (duh) made them somewhat oily and overly soft. Good, yes, definitely- but please keep yours cold if you expect great!

  • Melissa
    Dec 14, 2019

    Loved these. They were gone in a flash. Made according to recipe and vegetarian for the hubby. Added seasoning to the water when boiling the pasta. Keeper recipe!

  • 13Nana
    Mar 28, 2019

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  • tt2b123
    Dec 28, 2017

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  • lshaw
    Jul 29, 2017

    My guests obliterated the tray that held these wonderful appetizers! Ingredients were those you could easily find at the local grocery store and the only thing to be cooked was the tortellini for a very short time. These were also "macho" enough for the guys!--LOL! I used the exact ingredients suggested, but did not use parsley--I thought it might end up tearing off of the skewer eventually. Will use again for sure!

  • cccosey
    Mar 12, 2017

    Great for parties! I first made these while living in Italy and had access to fresh and authentic anitpasta--- so yummy!

  • cmb1940
    Dec 25, 2016

    Made these for our Christmas gathering using cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salami,pepperoni, black and green olives and parsley. Found some 4 inch bamboo skewers that worked perfectly. Not many left over.

  • recipehound54
    Dec 23, 2016

    Easy and tasty! It is nice to have an appetizer that can be made up a little in advance of the event. Once I got into the rhythm of assembly these went together quickly. I used turkey pepperoni with no difference in taste and thus a little lower fat. I would also like to try marinating some mozzarella with the olives and tortellini for a little added cheese flavor. I used a light Italian dressing; it worked well and wasn't as oily as regular Italian dressing might have been. Perfect appetizer also if you're taking an appetizer to share to a function; travels well.

  • Cook_aholic
    Oct 29, 2016

    Nice to be able to use lots of choices. Made some as written and made some with cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices for my vegetarian friends. I also added mozzarella balls. Marinated only the tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives and mozzarella balls.

  • my4sweetys
    Sep 27, 2016

    SUPER quick and YUMMY! Used just black olives as the green ones with the salami seemed a little too salty for our taste but DEFINITELY a keeper!!