As we get into the warmer months I wanted to share a recipe for a delicious pasta salad! It is perfect for BBQ’s, picnics and pot lucks. It is always a huge hit and the best part is it is super easy to throw together. I got the recipe from my sister-in-law’s sister, Hope. She would bring it to parties and it would be GONE in minutes. I asked her how she made it and when she told me I was shocked by how quick and simple it sounded!
Here are the ingredients:
1 large package of cheese tortellini
1 container of pesto (or you can make your own if you like to be all ambitious like that!)
1 jar of sun-dried tomatoes
1 small can of black olives
All you do is cook the pasta according to the directions, (I use Buitoni since I think its good, but you can use any kind of tortellini and pesto you want) then drain & mix with the pesto. Do this while the pasta is still hot since it helps distribute the pesto. Drain and chop the sun-dried tomatoes & olives and toss them in there. (as much or as little as you like) Mix in some Parmesan cheese. Put the pasta salad in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. (you should give it time to cool completely in there before you serve it) If it is in the fridge for awhile, set it out about 10 minutes before you are going to serve it and don’t mix it right away or all the tortellini will break apart.
You can add whatever you like in this salad, sometimes I use olives. Other times I add minced garlic or roasted garlic. I keep meaning to make this with artichokes as well, but I always forget to buy the freaking artichokes. (but I bet it would be delish)
It is so simple but SO good, and a fun twist on the usual vinaigrette pasta salad. It will take you 5 minutes to prepare and you will be a total rock star. Shout out to Hope for sharing her pasta salad deliciousness with me!!