Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad

caprese tortellini salad

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PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 8 mins

SERVES: 4
INGREDIENTS
  • one 9oz package of fresh, refrigerated tri-color cheese tortellini
  • one package of fresh mozzarella balls [marinated or regular]
  • one pint/package of grape or cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup Italian dressing
  • fresh basil leaves

The above measurements are simply a jumping off point; use as much or as little as you need! ❤ This dish comes together in a matter of minutes and is perfect for a last minute meal or an impromptu side dish for a summer BBQ or party!

If your local grocery store has an antipasto bar with fresh, marinated mozzarella balls, those will work gloriously too! You can even use a regular block of whole milk mozzarella cheese and marinate it in some extra homemade [[or even store bought!] Italian dressing if you’d like! It’s super customizable and so delicious!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add your tortellini and reduce heat to gently cook the pasta to either tender or al-dente according to package directions.
  3. Grab a noodle to taste-test and remove from heat.
  4. Strain/drain in a colander and run under cold water to halt the cooking process and prevent soggy noodles.
  5. Transfer into a medium-large serving bowl along with mozzarella balls, tomatoes, and basil.
  6. Pour in dressing and toss to coat.
  7. Dig in!
Love balsamic? Drizzle your favorite fruity balsamic dressing or glaze over this salad for an extra burst of flavor!

 

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