Pesto Tortellini Salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad

Next week is Memorial Day which means summer is here! It’s time for all of the BBQ’s. You guys already know that my least favorite thing about summer is really disgusting hot weather. My favorite thing about summer? BBQ’s. No doubt. I love sitting around with family and friends eating burgers and all kind of sides.

Today I have a ridiculously easy pasta salad recipe for you. It just requires cooking the pasta, chopping up a few veggies, and then just mixing everything together! Pasta salads don’t have to be super complicated. I prefer them nice and simple with a good amount of fresh veggies for added crunch and texture. I used tortellini instead of plain pasta. It makes the pasta salad a little more special I think. I then added in diced green bell pepper, peas, and cherry tomatoes for the veggies. To top it all off, I then mixed in some pesto. See? Not complicated here.

You can make the pesto from scratch if you prefer, but you can also buy the premade stuff from the refrigerated section of your grocery store and make your life easier. I love this pasta salad because it’s super easy to throw together and it’s perfect if you need a last minute dish to bring to a summer party! Since tortellini is a stuffed pasta, it’s more filling so it can feed more people. It’s also pretty versatile with the veggies because you can really add whatever the heck you want to add! Hello summer!

Pesto Tortellini Salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions and drained.
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2/3 cup pesto (pre-made is fine)
  • salt and pepper
  • other add ins (optional): sliced black olives, broccoli, artichokes, shredded carrots, etc.

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add the cooked tortellini. Stir in the bell pepper, peas and tomato. Then mix in the pesto until everything is well-coated in the pesto (feel free to add more if needed). Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for 1 hour and then serve!
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Pesto Tortellini Salad

   

13 comments

  1. This looks so nice. perfect for the barbecue season! Tortellini Salad always reminds me of my mom, she used to make one when I was younger. I should ask her to make this again as it was always so delish!! :)

  2. This looks perfect for all of the BBQs coming up…I love anything with pesto!

  3. I’d love to make this gorgeous pasta salad my dinner! Perfect for the holiday weekend, too :)

  4. I love tortellini pasta, and I’m seriously in love with pesto, so this salad looks beyond amazing! Love it Stephanie!

  5. This pasta salad is perfect for summer entertaining, and easy enough for weeknights! I love it. So colorful and delish!

  6. We are over the moon with our sunshine and looming BBQ season. This looks wonderfully fresh and delicious.

  7. Super fresh-looking! I love the addition of bell pepper in this, Stephanie.

  8. After seeing your title and pictures, all I can say is WOW. I love dishes like this and I am definitely trying this one really soon. Thank you!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  9. This salad looks so refreshing, such lovely tortellini :D
    I really want to have this at my new BBQ bash!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  10. I love how easy this dish comes together! It’s so fresh looking and I love the colors!

  11. I’m so with you…loooove BBQs, hate sticky heat. This pasta salad looks perfect for the season!

  12. I’d love to make this gorgeous pasta salad my dinner!

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