whole grain tortellini with homemade pesto

by Cait on October 23, 2012

So, I realize the majority of you know what I eat for dinner on a daily basis.  

For those of you that don’t and want to know?  Follow me on Instagram

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite easy main dishes.  This is one I turn to often when I want to minimize time spent and maximize nutrition!  

dinner.JPG

I actually can’t take credit for this dinner.  I read about it a while back in a summer issue of Runner’s World but it’s quickly become a favorite in our house.  Especially when we want to go meatless!

dinner5.jpg

My favorite part about it is how versatile it is.  While we normally stick to adding asparagus and mushrooms  - you could add any number of different veggies and it would go great.  Broccoli, tomatoes, spinach…the list goes on and on.  It’s a great way to get whole grains, dairy, healthy fats and veggies all in one meal.

dinner2.JPG

Whole Grain Tortellini with Homemade Pesto

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of whole grain cheese tortellini (I used Butoni)

For the Pesto (source):

  • 2/3 cup pine nuts
  • 20 large, fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 whole, peeled garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Prepare cheese tortellini according to the package instructions.
  • Combine pesto ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Add prepared pesto onto the prepared tortellini and gently mix until well combined

Addition suggestions: Parmesan cheese, sauteed vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted nuts…the sky’s the limit!

dinner6.JPG

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

natalie @ will jog for food October 23, 2012

I LOVE Pesto! I need to eat it more often :)

Reply

Cait October 23, 2012

It’s SO good, right!? I definitely don’t use it enough myself!

Reply

Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 23, 2012

This looks so tasty!! I would have trouble keeping myself from eating the entire pot, though! lol

Reply

Cait October 24, 2012

Haha – tell me about it! That’s why I don’t make more than 2 servings at a time so that by the time we both have ours, there’s none left! :)

Reply

Lauren October 23, 2012

Mmmm, I adore homemade pesto sauce! And tortellini. Any stuffed pasta is a winner in my book.

Reply

Cait October 24, 2012

I completely agree – it definitely takes a pasta dish to the next level :)

Reply

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 23, 2012

YUM! I love pesto because it really is SO easy. And I don’t know why I always forget about sundried tomatoes, I absolutely love the flavor – especially with pesto!

Reply

Cait October 24, 2012

I know – I always forget about it too! I have no idea why because it’s one of the best things ever! And agreed – I need to try this with sun-dried tomatoes because that would be the best flavor combination I bet!

Reply

MigraineMe October 24, 2012

Looks delicious!

Reply

Cait October 24, 2012

Thanks! :) It definitely was!

Reply

Life's a Bowl October 24, 2012

Delic! I’ve never made homemade pesto but it doesn’t seem too hard! As my husband would say “pesto is the besto!” :P The addition of parm + sun dried tomatoes + mushrooms + broccoli [and maybe peas?] all sound wonderful!!!

Reply

Cait October 24, 2012

It’s SUPER easy and it’s so worth it to make it on your own because you can really control the flavors you add! And I love the peas addition idea! Or even edamame!!

Reply

Katie October 24, 2012

Perfect! I may make this for Meeker tonight! (He begged)

Reply

Cait October 24, 2012

Ahaha, I love that. It’s super easy so it would be a good one to do :)

Though, for Meeker you might want to throw like a slab of steak or something in there for him to be 100% happy ;)

Reply

Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets October 24, 2012

Wow that makes my mouth water just look at it! Will definitely be trying this out.

Reply

Cait October 24, 2012

Yay! Let me know what you think if you do! :)

Reply

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 25, 2012

I tried making homemade pesto and it didn’t work out as planned. I’m going to try your recipe. It looks delicious :)

Reply

Cait October 25, 2012

Let me know what you think! While I can’t take credit for it, I do think it’s a good one! :)

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

Pin It