Pesto tortellini salad is a delicious pasta salad made with cheese tortellini, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, and a sweet balsamic glaze. It takes less than 15-minutes to make and can easily be made ahead of time. Bonus that it travels well so makes the perfect potluck or BBQ side dish!
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and cook according to package directions - usually 6-8 minutes.
10 ounces cheese tortellini
Drain the tortellini then put it back into the pot. (See notes) Add the black olives, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, basil, and parmesan and toss so that everything is mixed together and coated in pesto.
½ cup chopped black olives, ½ cup quartered marinated artichoke hearts, ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil, ¼ cup basil pesto, ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, ½ cup grated parmesan
Drizzle the balsamic glaze over top then serve.
1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
If you'd like to make cold pasta salad, toss the tortellini in a little olive oil then set it aside to cool before mixing it with the other ingredients.