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white bowl with tortellini pasta salad with tomatoes and pesto sauce

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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.


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