Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Makes 2 lunches
A speedy pasta salad with Mediterranean flavours - perfect for packed lunches

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal573
  • fat26g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.58g
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  • 140g Tenderstem broccoli, cut into short lengths



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 250g fresh tortellini
  • 3 tbsp pesto (fresh if you can get it)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nut
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 8 cherry tomato, halved


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the broccoli, cook for 2 mins, then add the tortellini and cook for 2 mins, or according to pack instructions. Drain everything, gently rinse under cold water until cool, then tip into a bowl. Toss with the pesto, pine nuts and balsamic vinegar. Add the tomatoes, pack into containers and chill. Let the salad get to room temperature during the morning to get the most flavour from the tomatoes and pesto.

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Comments (25)

clough91's picture

Made this with goats cheese and sundried tomatoe ravioli. The mixture of pesto and balsamic vinegar was really nice. Was going to eat half of this for dinner and then the other half for lunch tomorrow but it was so nice I are it all at once. It ended up a very calorific dinner but very filling

x-x-x-faerie-x-x-x's picture

If you like pesto a lot then this is for you. If you're a bit neutral, I wouldn't go for it.

stormyraincloud's picture

This is delicious, used normal broccoli as it's what I had in. Really tasty, must. stop. eating!

doodle98's picture

Just ate this without the Pesto as I thought i had some but didn't , was still really tasty but I am sure it's lovely with Pesto I will use red Like some others .

asherdmc's picture

Used normal broccoli which was fine too! Had it warm as an evening meal.

palispalis's picture

Made this for dinner today and it was amazing! I added extra garlic when making a sauce. When down well in the much needed sunshine!

puretac's picture

Loved this recipe - we eat it warm and mix the tomatoes in at the end. the pine nuts and balsamic vinegar make a really nice addition. Have made it twice already!

emma_danielle's picture

I wasn't keen on this at all. I found the pesto a little over powering and the mix of the pesto and the tortellini was just too much flavour. I would use just plain pasta next time, or tomato pesto.

auntymable's picture

Yummy super, i left it hot though and caramalised the tomotoes first prior to micing in the additional ingredients. Will use again for sure.

zoelamb's picture

Quick and easy to make! Delicious! I will definitely be making this every week!

niaeveral's picture

I used Ricotta and Spinach Tortellini but followed the rest of the recipe minus the pine nuts. Loved it!

fluffyjacq's picture

Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely NOT suitable for vegetarians.

vikingpurplepenguin's picture

Tasty, not the most amazing thing ever but nice for lunch. Used normal broccoli cut up small (much cheaper), un-toasted pine nuts, and Bacon, Cheese and Tomato filled pasta. Will make again.

jenienoyce's picture

Brilliant to take for lunch. Will try adding feta next time, yum yum.

lukemedwynjones's picture

I didn't add balsamic but did add a little feta to add more flavour!

caldow's picture

This is a great recipe, I used green beans instead of broccoli and added a bit of feta and toasted pine nuts, delicious

mamite's picture

This makes a great lunchbox lunch and it's very quick to prepare in the mornings! I prefer red pesto and asparagus to green pesto and broccolli and have tried several varieties of tortellini which makes it very versatile.

gemr22's picture

Really yummy lunch for work. I always look for some kind of ham or bacon filled pasta to bring a bit of meaty flavour into it.

sudour's picture

I've just made this for my lunch to take to work, and added a bit of fresh thyme. Really nice!

iskona's picture

This looks yummy. I'm gonna make this tonight. I've got some fresh asparigus that I'm gonna flash fry perhaps with a little crushed garlic to bring in more flavour and will finish off with grated parmesan or pecorino mmm.


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