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Pesto Tortellini comes together in under 20 minutes and makes a quick weeknight meal packed with  flavor.  This dish is so easy to put together- toss cooked tortellini and pesto together, sprinkle the dish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and bake the dish for 10 minutes, giving it a cheesy topping that the whole family will love.

Pesto Tortellini with cheese.

PESTO TORTELLINI

I adore pesto, especially in the summer when I want to have a light meal. Today’s Pesto Tortellini makes a nice, light pasta meal during the warmer months and only uses three ingredients. 

Summer in Ohio has been strange this year.

It all started the week we were in the Outer Banks.

 Ohio had a week of rain while we were gone and it has pretty much continued every week.

As far as my summer plans go I hate the rain but my garden is loving it.  

I got my first crop of green beans along with a zucchini, peppers and lots of fresh herbs.


Green Beans

When Mike and I bought our first house in Chicago we put a raised bed garden in and have been gardening ever since.  It is definitely a constant work in progress. 

When I was little I helped my Mom and Grandpa who both have a passion for gardening, but doing it yourself can be a a learning process.

Garden 1

When we moved into our new house in December I didn’t realize the treat I was in for when everything bloomed. We have a truly amazing backyard.

I love sitting outside on our back patio with a cup of coffee, enjoying nature’s beauty.

 I especially love out little potting shed and gardens in the back of the yard. I now have a whole space dedicated to my gardens.

Not only do I enjoy growing my own food but I like to use it as a teaching tool for my children so they can learn where their food comes from, get their hands dirty and have an appreciation for the earth and the food we eat.

Garden

I always have a lot of fresh herbs to use up in the summer and today’s recipe for my Pesto Tortellini is a great excuse to put that basil to good use.  

I grow at least three pots of basil each year.  It is one of my favorite herbs to use in cooking and salads, like this Caprese Pasta Salad.

I also love pesto and use it in recipes like this Pesto Pasta with Green Beans Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts and this Spring Vegetable Minestrone.

Pesto Tortellini with fork.

One of my go-to uses for basil is homemade pesto. I haven’t shared a homemade pesto recipe on my blog but there are lots of great recipes out there.  

When I make homemade pesto I use this recipe. 

It is so easy to make if you have a blender or food processor.

Pesto can be used in many ways from a spread on a sandwich, to a sauce with a pasta, to a dressing in a pasta salad.

If you don’t want to make your own you can easily pick up a jar at the store to make things even easier.

Pesto Tortellini with cheese.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS PESTO TORTELLINI?

TORTELLINI: The star of this recipe is tortellini. I used cheese tortellini but you can use your favorite filling. 

PARMESAN CHEESE: The shredded Parmesan cheese is a great finishing touch. You can also use mozzarella cheese if you like. 

PESTO: You can buy your favorite store-bought pesto or make it at home. You will love the fresh, light flavor it adds to the tortellini. 

Pesto Tortellini with napkin.

Pesto Tortellini with napkin.

Pesto Tortellini Bake

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Pesto Tortellini Bake comes together in under 20 minutes and makes a quick weeknight meal packed with flavor. After tossing cooked tortellini and pesto together, sprinkle the dish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and bake the dish for 10 minutes, giving it a cheesy topping that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese {divided}
  • 8 ounces {1 cup} homemade or store bought pesto {I use this recipe for homemade}

Garnish:

  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot cook the tortellini according to the package directions {do not overcook}.
  3. While the tortellini is cooking make your homemade pesto if you are going that route, if you are using store bought pesto skip to the next step.
  4. Drain water from the tortellini and place them in a large mixing bowl. Pour the 8 ounces of pesto over the tortellini and gently mix to combine. Add a 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan and combine.
  5. In a 9 x 13 oven safe dish pour the pesto tortellini, sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan.
  6. Bake the tortellini in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  7. Garnish with freshly chopped basil.

Notes

Do not bake the tortellini too long or the edges of the tortellini will burn.
When I make this I add the amount of pesto I noted in the recipe and then as I stir it in if I think it needs more I add a small amount until I reach the right flavor.
The pesto I use if I don't make my own is and the tortellini I like are found at the following link: http://www.giovannirana.com/products/.

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Pesto Pasta with Green Beans Sun-dried Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts - A Cedar Spoon

Saturday 27th of February 2021

[…] Sun-dried Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts is for you! I love rotating between this recipe, this Pesto Tortellini and Spring Vegetable […]

Nancy

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

delicious one.

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

Friday 17th of July 2015

I adore anything with pesto and then you tossed cheese tortellini in the mix. Swoon.

Your backyard looks beautiful. The tiered flowers, the herbs, the raised beds. I love it all and I can see why you'd enjoy your morning coffee out there.

Julia

Friday 17th of July 2015

Thanks Meghan! It really is beautiful. We were so surprised how much was back there once it all bloomed. I feel really lucky to have that space.

Cate | Chez CateyLou

Thursday 16th of July 2015

What a gorgeous garden! I love this pasta - I can't get enough pesto this time of year, and tortellini is one of my favorites!

Julia

Thursday 16th of July 2015

Thanks Cate! I agree. Pesto in the summer is the best!

Medha @ WHIsk & Shout

Thursday 16th of July 2015

This looks fabulous! I love basil so much and when I'm in my dorm in the fall, I plan on having a small potted herb plant, so I can add fresh basil to everything :) Pinning!

Julia

Thursday 16th of July 2015

Nice! That is such a smart idea!

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