Hello everyone, I am Melissa from Served Up With Love. I am happy to be here sharing with you today. Even though there are a lot of kids going back to school, it is still in fact summer. Our local schools are back in session the day after Labor Day. I love the laid back schedules of summer and I am not looking forward to that changing.
During the summer we grill out more and spend more time with family at cookouts and such. I am the one to usually bring the dessert because I like to bake but sometimes I like to change things up a bit and bring something a little different. Pasta salads make a great side dish for that. Our family enjoys a ranch based pasta salad on a normal basis however I was in the mood for something a little different so off to the store I went.
As I was wandering down the store aisles I came across the tortellini in the freezer section. I was quite intrigued at what I could do with this. I have fresh basil and cherry tomatoes over flowing from my garden so I knew I had to incorporate that into this dish. How am I going to get the family to eat this? I know….pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. I could not wait to get home to make this dish.
The verdict: They loved it!
Tortellini Pasta Salad
1 package of frozen cheese tortellini
20 pepperoni slices, cut into 1/4’s
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
12 basil fresh leaves, chopped
mozzarella cheese cubes
1 cup bottled Italian dressing
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cook tortellini according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. While the tortellini is cooking, slice the pepperoni, halve the cherry tomatoes, cube the mozzarella cheese, and chop the fresh basil leaves and place in a large bowl. Combine the pasta in the bowl and add the Italian dressing and parmesan cheese. Stir and chill in the fridge. This get even better as it sits.