Pesto Tortellini Salad With Grape Tomatoes

"A real favorite - makes a great lunch or side dish."
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  • Prepare pasta according to package directipns; place in large bowl and toss with bell pepper, tomatoes, pesto and oil. Refrigerate until cold and serve.

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  1. CIndytc
    Loved this salad. I used spinach tortellini. Made for PAC fall 2011
  2. noway
    This was good, but a little bland as written, not enough pesto flavor for me. Next time I will try doubling the pesto and topping with Parmesan. Thanks for sharing!
  3. Boomette
    This is so good. A great healthy lunch. I ate it warm. I liked it that way. Since I didn't have any leftover of basil pesto, I used sun-dried tomato pesto. Great :) I used one small tomato, diced. And I forgot to add the olive oil. LOL Thanks Jackie :) Made for 123 hit wonders
  4. BakinBaby
    Great flavor and so easy to make. Made for newest tag and so glad I did.


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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