Learning to cook … one kid at a time

So Easy, So Yummy Tortellini Salad February 23, 2011

Filed under: "Fast Food",Recipes — gastromami @ 12:13 pm


This pregnancy is starting to kick my butt.


I barely have the energy to shower after a day with Ren,

much less make dinner.

(Or write about it!)


So, when I came across “Easy Vegetarian in under-20 minutes, while browsing through the other day

I grabbed a few ideas before heading to the store.


This super-fast, super-easy salad was awesome for dinner warm and just as good for a healthy, post-workout, filling lunch.

My only issue with it?  Ren begged and pleaded for all of my tomatoes and asparagus!

Note to self:  double the veggies next time!





Put a large pot of water on to boil, omit salt

Slice 1 pint grape tomatoes in half

Thinly slice 1/2 red onion

Thinly slice 1/3 cup basil

Grate 3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Cut 1 lb. asparagus (about 1/2 bunch) into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Open 1 (14-oz) can of quartered artichoke hearts


Wash 4 cups arugula



Boil 1 9-oz package of tortellini according to directions, omitting salt and fat

(The recipe called for 2 packages, I only used 1 and it was plenty for us!)


2 minutes before the pasta is finished, add the asparagus

Drain after 2 minutes


While the pasta is cooking, mix up a simple vinaigrette:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

some freshly ground black pepper to taste


Mix it all together!


Ren approved!



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