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Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad on a large oval wood platter garnished with fresh basil.
Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Pesto tortellini pasta salad is a quick and easy side dish that whips up in minutes making it ideal for potlucks or weeknight meals.

Course: Side Dish/Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta salad, pesto tortellini
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 448 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 10 oz packages cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 1/2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup pesto, store-bought or homeamde
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. After cooking the tortellini according to the package directions, drain and allow to cool slightly. Combine with the tomatoes and peas.

    Tomatoes, peas and tortellini in a bowl to make Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients for the dressing.

    Yogurt dressing ingredients in a bowl to make Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad.
  3. Whisk the dressing together well and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Pesto dressing whipped up for Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
  4. Add the dressing to the tortellini mixture and toss well to combine.

    Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad on a large oval wood platter garnished with fresh basil.
Recipe Notes
  • Use tortellini that is still a little warm (cooled only slightly after draining) so it can  better absorb the dressing.
  • Either fresh or frozen peas work well in this recipe. No need to cook them first, just toss them in with the tortellini.
  • Greek yogurt makes this pasta salad super creamy and tangy, without being overly mayonnaise-y.
  • Store-bought pesto dressing is readily available, but if you have an abundance of basil in your garden make your own. Simply blend a bunch of fresh basil with a handful of pine nuts, a couple cloves of garlic, salt, pepper and a glug (about 1/4 cup) of olive oil.
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 667mg29%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 926IU19%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.