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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Quick and Easy Tortellini Pasta Salad


If you are looking for a little bit of a twist on the traditional pasta salad, well, this is it!  I love how simple this is because you are starting with a kit, and the dressing that is supplied with it is scrumptious--it reminds me of Olive Garden's salad dressing. 

This is the sort of thing that I don't measure for; I just throw things in.  You can adjust the amounts according to your own taste preferences.  Don't have access to Schwan's?  No problem, just use frozen or fresh tortellini.  Prepare and rinse in cold water.  Then use your favorite Italian or Greek Salad dressing.

Quick and Easy Tortellini Pasta Salad

1 24 ounce package Schwan's Six Cheese Tri Color Tortellini Salad Kit

1/2 - 1 cup of each or any of the following:

     Grape tomatoes, halved
     Cucumber, peeled and diced
     Green bell pepper, diced (Red bell pepper is great, too!)
     Ripe black olives, halved
     Baby carrots, sliced
     String cheese, sliced about 1/4 inch thick

Parmesan cheese (optional)

Prepare tortellini per package directions for salad.  Add veggies, olives, and cheese and toss to coat with dressing.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.  Chill until ready to serve.


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