Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tortellini Salad

As I type this entry my computer tells me it is 106 degrees outside. This is definitely not the time to fire up the oven, but its a great time for fun and tasty salads. I found this one from Taste of Home Cooking for 2.

1-3/4 cups frozen cheese tortellini
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green or sweet red pepper
1 small tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup julienned pepper Jack cheese
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. In a bowl, combine tortellini with all of the remaining ingredients; toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 2 servings.

Start boiling some water and lets gather our ingredients. This is a super simple but filling and the ingredients can easily be varied. You need some tortellinis, cheese, italian salad dressing, red pepper, onion, and tomato. You can see my hubby in the background preparing his snack before band practice. He is definitely not a pasta salad guy.

Chop up the onion and the pepper.

I also remembered I had some snow peas in the fridge so I chopped those up too. Cut the cheese (har har) into bite sized pieces as well.

Get the tortellini in the boiling water.

Drain the pasta and give it a rinse after its been cooked.

Once they are drained, put them in a nice big bowl. I have a nice big Pyrex bowl of course!

Get the chopped items and the dressing in the bowl with the pasta.

Look at all the nice colors! Give everything a good stir to mix it up.

Refrigerate the salad for at least an hour and then you are ready to eat!

This was tasty and so easy. Nice and cool and crunchy for a hot summer day.


  1. I've been adding cheese tortellini to my pasta salad for years! I love it! And it sounds like something I should be making tonight since it's getting pretty toasty here too!!!

  2. Oh my goodness! Thanks for posting this. It is so hot out and this looks and sounds perfect!!!

  3. We love tortellini salqad. We hope you saved a little bit of that cheese for Joey and Tanner.

  4. I'm ordering out for dinner or this would be it!

    Have you seen America's Test Kitchen Cooking for Two (the magazine)? I found it at Whole Foods today. Many things look very tasty! There's also a hardback cookbook, but I've not seen it yet.

  5. mmmm pasta salad just says summer time!