Skip the store-bought pasta salad in favor of an easy, cheesy recipe for 30-Minute Pistachio Pesto Tortellini.

Bowls of tortellini pasta tossed with pistachio pesto

30 minutes + 6 ingredients = Pistachio Pesto Tortellini.

Now that is my kind of math! Quick, simple and the ultimate way to skip the store-bought pasta salads for good. Best of all, this pesto tortellini salad is just as tempting when served hot as when served cold, which means you’ll be taking your picnic fare to a whole new level.

pistachios, basil and cheese in a blender jug

Not a fan of pistachios? Swap them out for any other toasted nuts you have on hand (think almonds, walnuts or the classic variation, pine nuts). And for even less stress during meal prep, make this freezer-friendly pesto and stash it away until your tortellini cravings strike.

Homemade pistachio pesto atop cooked tortellini pasta

If you’re ready to keep the pesto train rolling, don’t miss more ways to transform a few basic ingredients into a rainbow of pesto variations with recipes for Cheesy Asparagus Pesto Pasta, Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Chicken Roulades with Basil Pesto.

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30-Minute Pistachio Pesto Tortellini

Thirty minutes + 6 ingredients = the ultimate recipe for Pistachio Pesto Tortellini. Now that is my kind of math!
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Bowls of tortellini pasta tossed with pistachio pesto
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups lightly packed basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pistachios, toasted
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 (20-oz.) package refrigerated cheese or meat tortellini

Instructions 

  • In a blender, combine the basil leaves, toasted pistachios, Parmesan cheese, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Blend for 15 seconds, and then with the blender running, slowly stream in the olive oil. Continue blending the pesto, scraping down the sides as needed, until it is puréed. Taste and season the pesto with additional salt and pepper as desired. Set the pesto aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook according to package directions. Drain the tortellini and transfer them to a large bowl. While the tortellini are still hot, add the prepared pesto and toss to combine. Serve warm or chilled garnished with Parmesan cheese.
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Calories: 342kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 131mg, Potassium: 193mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 1365IU, Vitamin C: 5.4mg, Calcium: 150mg, Iron: 1.4mg

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