Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

Tortellini with pesto & broccoli

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(34 ratings)

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 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


  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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1st Dec, 2019
I still love this recipe! Ten years and counting, it is one of my favorite lunches. I use broccolini and prepared pesto.
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20th Oct, 2019
A great quick and easy recipe, works well with Spinach and Asparagus too! It's a perfect lunch to take to work, but also enjoy it as a quick evening dinner
10th Feb, 2017
Delicious. My three year old loves this as much as we do. Simple and quick for a speedy dinner. I sometimes add toasted nuts to the top for crunch
13th Jun, 2016
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
31st May, 2015
If you like pesto a lot then this is for you. If you're a bit neutral, I wouldn't go for it.
17th Sep, 2013
This is delicious, used normal broccoli as it's what I had in. Really tasty, must. stop. eating!
12th Apr, 2013
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 .
23rd Jan, 2013
Used normal broccoli which was fine too! Had it warm as an evening meal.
22nd Jul, 2012
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!
18th Jul, 2012
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!


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