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Pesto Tortellini Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

6 servings

“I came up with this recipe when I tried recreating a pasta salad I had at a wedding rehearsal," says Danielle Weets of Grandview, Washington. "It’s easy to make and I’m always asked to bring it to potlucks and parties.”
Pesto Tortellini Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto

Directions

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat.
Pesto Tortellini Salad Tips

What else can you put in pesto tortellini salad?

Like most cold pasta salad recipes, it's easy to mix and match ingredients with this pesto tortellini salad. Try stirring in grape tomatoes, miniature fresh mozzarella cheese balls, lightly steamed asparagus or sun-dried tomatoes. You can even make your own pesto sauce.

Can pesto tortellini salad be served as a meal?

Turn this pesto tortellini salad into a meal by topping it with grilled basil chicken or garlic butter shrimp.

Can this cold pesto tortellini salad be served warm?

You can easily serve this as a warm dish. Just drain the pasta and return it to the saucepan before stirring in the remaining ingredients. Residual heat from the pan and pasta will warm the other ingredients.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 320 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 724mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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