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Serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… or tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you!

Basil Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

You can serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… and also as a tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you! Yum!

Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories per serving 722 kcal

Ingredients

  • 9 ½ oz fresh tortellini pasta (275 g)
  • 3 tbsp basil pesto
  • a handful fresh basil
  • 8 black olives pitted
  • 1 tbsp capers in brine
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • pinch garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pan with water and season salt. Place the pan over high heat until boiling. Then add the tortellini to the hot water.
    Serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… or tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you!
  2. Cook the tortellini pasta until tender (see instructions on the package). Tortellini are ready when they rise to the surface. Once the tortellini are cooked, drain them. If you are serving this salad cold: immediately refresh the cooked tortellini under cold running tap water to stop the cooking process. Let the (cooled) tortellini drain and then pour them in a large mixing bowl.
    Serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… or tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you!
  3. Drizzle the tortellini with the fresh basil pesto.
    Serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… or tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you!
  4. Stir the pasta salad well. Then chop up the fresh basil and add it to the pasta salad together with the crunchy pine nuts. Season with a dash of pepper and salt. Add a pinch of garlic powder as well.
    Serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… or tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you!
  5. Add the salted capers, the black olives and a good drizzle of olive oil to the pasta salad.
    Serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… or tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you!
  6. Stir the tortellini pasta salad well. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt or garlic powder to taste if necessary. Then scoop the tortellini salad onto deep plates if you are serving it warm. Chill the pasta in the fridge for 15 minutes or longer if you are serving it cold.
    Serve this fresh basil pesto tortellini pasta salad warm or cold: as a hot pasta dinner… or tasty cold lunchbox salad to take with you!