Cheese Tortellini with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Last Thursday I got up bright and early knowing that I had a busy day ahead of me. It involved the hitting gym, cleaning the house, getting ready for a family visit and completing the Daring Bakers Challenge. By dinner time I was exhausted and ready to run to the nearest drive through to pick up a burger and fries. That however, would’ve made the trip to the gym earlier in the day a big waste of time. Instead, I decided to look for a meal that was short on time but big on flavor. This quick pasta is just that. There are 4 ingredients and 2 steps. I had this meal on the table in 10 minutes.

For this recipe you can use store bought pesto but I had just purchased a bunch of basil the day before so I made my own. It is fairly easy to make. I will say that a package of  pine nuts can be pretty expensive.  If you are only using them for this recipe, check the bulk section of your grocery store. I found some there, got exactly the amount I wanted and it only cost a few dollars.

The Recipe

  • Serves 2
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9 ounce) package fresh cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1/2 cup pesto (see below)
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • Freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

Basic Pesto

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Transfer to serving bowl.
  2. Combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. With the food processor running, slowly pour in a steady stream of extra virgin olive oil until combined. Refrigerate any unused portion in a airtight container for up to 1 week.
  4. Mix pesto with tortellini and sun dried tomatoes. Toss to coat pasta. Sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Serve.

Enjoy!

  • http://www.ecurry.com Soma

    Basil & sun dried tomatoes? can I come over? these 2 makes every single thing taste like a dream.. lovely picture there.

  • http://www.pinkbites.com Rita

    Hum, I love this dish, whenever I make I always make extra and have it later cold (or room temp) as a salad. Nice photo!

  • http://simplyscrumptiousfoodie.com Jessie

    pasta salads are a favorite of mine simply because there are so many different ways of making them. I love all of the colors in the photo as well. Your husband has a great eye for food!

  • http://workout-then-cook.blogspot.com Cookie

    I love these simple recipes! I’m lazy so I’d probably just use the premade pesto sitting right next to the tortellini! :)

  • http://www.tastehongkong.com TasteHongKong

    Hmmm, might be I shall try to use coarsely ground cashews for pine nuts then.
    Yes, colors in the pic are in good harmony.

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  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com Kevin

    What a great combination of flavours for a pasta!

  • http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/ Mrs. L

    On the table in 10 minutes? Works for me. And I have everything in the fridge but the pasta which would be easy to pick up after work. Yahoo!

  • http://funandfearlessinbeantown.blogspot.com Fun and Fearless in Beantown

    I made this delicious and easy recipe on Sunday night. I substituted the sun dried tomatoes with fresh cherry tomatoes that I purchased that day at a farm stand. Even with halving the cherry tomatoes, this ended up being so easy in prep and the fresh pesto smelled and looked amazing! I blogged about it and linked the recipe to your site (http://funandfearlessinbeantown.blogspot.com/2009/08/scenes-from-sundays-dinner-tomatoes.html). Thanks again for sharing!

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    You’re welcome fun and fearless! I am glad that you enjoyed it. I bet it was delicious with the substitution of cherry tomatoes.

  • http://www.saycheesewithbritannia.com/ Cheese products

    Simple but delicious flavor of pasta.

  • http://www.debrazafarullah.com Debra

    I’ve already made this dish 3 times within the past two weeks. My husband and I love it! I will never look at store-bought pesto the same. Great hit for Valentines Day and I love the vegetarian options, please keep them coming! Thanks!

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  • Luther Vandross

    planning on trying this with a homemade cannabis-infused pistachio pesto sauce and bacon in addition to the sun dried tomatoes.

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