Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 140g Tenderstem broccoli, cut into short lengths
    Broccoli

    Broccoli

    brok-o-lee

    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

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

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

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

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

  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved

Method

  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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iskona
2nd Sep, 2009
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.
chris-suarez
26th Jul, 2009
3.05
Quick and easy to make, ideal for lunch. Wish it packed more flavour though.
hrewnorris
24th Mar, 2009
5.05
This is great! I'm tempted to add a spot of feta next time and to use tomato pesto. I whipped it up this morning for my husbands lunch and will have the rest myself.
annelisarkanen
6th Feb, 2009
5.05
Excellent. So quick to make in the mornings before leaving for work. Had never thought about using fresh pasta this way. I used some wild mushroom tortellini which worked ok, and rocket pesto, rather than basil.
janerodwell
16th Jan, 2009
5.05
This was great - had it hot as a quick after work dinner. Used red pesto first time as it was all I had and it was much nicer than when I made it again with green pesto!
bethocallaghan
16th Jan, 2009
5.05
Really yummy lunch. I used tomato, mozzerella and basil tortellini.

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