Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Garden Pesto Tortellini

This meal was the unplanned love-child of a rushed trip to the grocery store and a night of cleaning out the fridge. When I asked the hubs what we should call it, he said something like "Good Garden Pasta Surprise." I said, "Um, no."

Garden Pesto Tortellini
1 package of refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
12-15 spears of asparagus, washed and cut into 1" pieces
2 big handfuls of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced and reconstituted in water (soak for 10 min.)
1 cup fresh basil pesto (buy pre-made or click here for recipe to make your own)
1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked chicken, torn into bite-sized pieces (optional ~ for vegetarians)

In a large pot of boiling water, cook tortellini according to package instructions. When they have about 3 minutes left to boil, throw the asparagus, spinach, and tomatoes into the water with the tortellini. Drain and return to pot. Add the pesto and the chicken, tossing to coat.

Serve immediately with toasty garlic bread. Or chill thoroughly and serve as a fresh tortellini salad!


Janet said...

yummmm! This looks so good. I LOVE pesto...I need to make some. My pesto plant is growing like crazy in my garden. :)

MrsSouthernBelle said...

I wish you were my neighbor. Id come over every night for dinner!

Katie said...

Looks amazing and delicious!! :)

KMAYS said...

I love pasta with lots of veggies. Mmm asparagus.

Joelen said...

This looks fantastic! I love that gorgeous green color of the veggies and pesto!

Colleen said...

This is absolutely on my menu for next week - I can't wait to make this!

jenncuisine said...

This pasta looks so much like Springtime, it's beautiful!

Colleen said...

Me again - I just posted this - YUM!


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