Tortellini Pasta Salad with Pesto and Asparagus




10-15 min


10 min




  • 1 lb ‏frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 lb ‏asparagus
  • 8 oz. ‏shredded low-fat Italian cheese blend-Sargento's is great!
  • 1 cup ‏diced whole tomato or halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ‏pesto-homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 cup ‏pinenuts
  • ‏torn fresh basil optional

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Pesto and Asparagus is colorful, flavorful, and very simple to put together. It makes a wonderful side dish or light lunch.

    1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil.
    2. When the water is boiling carefully dump in your bag of frozen tortellini. 
    3. While the pasta cooks for 3 minutes or so, cut the end off of the asparagus and cut it into 1 inch pieces.
    4. Put the asparagus into the boiling water with the pasta. Cook for 1-2 more minutes.
    5. Pour everything into a strainer and rinse with cold water. Shake all the water out. 
    6. Put the pasta and asparagus into a large bowl. Add your diced or halved tomatoes, the shredded cheese, pine nuts, and pesto. You can use store bought pesto, but I am using my Spinach Kale Basil Pesto. My Chive Arugula Pesto would also be tasty.
    7. Toss everything together. Chill or serve immediately at room temperature.
  1. Garnish with fresh basil if desired.

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  1. Avatar charlenemarie11 1 year ago

    Ok this looks amazing! My husband loves the cheese stuffed tortellini we buy at Costco and I’m always trying to find new ways to use it. I’ll be trying this salad for sure!

    • Thanks! I actually came up with the recipe because one of my good friends requested ideas for Costco Tortelli.

  2. This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try.

  3. This looks so good I wish I could reach in and sample it. I can’t wait to try this recipe shortly.

  4. Avatar Whitney S. 1 year ago

    This looks super yummy!!

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