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Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

This Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad is a fresh and easy summer pasta salad that can be ready in the time it takes you to boil your pasta! It consists of mozzarella pearls, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and a delicious pesto dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 334kcal

Ingredients

  • 19 ounces cheese tortellini
  • ¾ cup pesto homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella pearls
  • ¼ cup fresh basil sliced thin

Instructions

  • Cook the tortellini pasta according to package directions
  • Remove 1 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta into a strainer.
  • Place the drained tortellini to a large serving bowl.
  • In a small bowl, add the pesto and ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water and pour over the pasta and toss gently to coat the pasta. ( If the sauce is too dry, add another ¼ cup of the pasta water)
  • Add the sliced tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and basil and toss to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Use fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
Serve chilled or at room temperature!
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 2mg