Monday, June 18, 2012

Easy Summer Salad

I'm always looking for new recipes to try, but this one seems to be a staple at summer gatherings.  It's so quick and simple, and we call it "PestoTortellini Salad".  This recipe will serve 10-12 people, if you figure that each serving is approximately a  half cup.  I usually use three cheese tortellini pasta, but the grocery store was out!!  So, I substituted with three cheese ravioli and I think it was just as good.

Cook 2 lbs. tortellini (ravioli) for about 5-7 minutes.

Drain the pasta and place into serving bowl.

Add container of pesto.  You can make your own pesto from scratch with fresh basil and olive oil as well.

Add a pint of fresh garden cherry tomatoes - can't wait until my kitchen garden is ready!

Finally, stir in a jar of pine nuts.  You can serve right away, or refrigerate and serve cold.  

Add a fresh sprig of basil as a garnish.

Voila!  and Bon Appetit!

Easy summer pasta salad, so you can go and enjoy the sunshine and not worry about dinner.

Happy Monday:)

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