Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto

Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 760.6
  • Total Fat: 46.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 73.1 mg
  • Sodium: 719.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 67.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.0 g
  • Protein: 24.2 g

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Here's one of the quickest pesto sauces you'll come across, perfect for cheese tortellini or any plain pasta you desire Here's one of the quickest pesto sauces you'll come across, perfect for cheese tortellini or any plain pasta you desire
Number of Servings: 4


    • 1  cup(s) walnuts
    • 1/3 cup(s) lightly packed flat-leaf parsley with thick stems removed
    • 2  clove(s) garlic, smashed
    • 3  tablespoon(s) grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
    • 1/2 cup(s) olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon(s) fresh-ground black pepper
    • 1  pound(s) fresh or frozen cheese tortellini (see Tips below)
    • 1  tablespoon(s) butter


• In a food processor or blender, pulse the walnuts, parsley, garlic, Parmesan, oil, salt, and pepper to a coarse puree.
• In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the tortellini until just done, about 4 minutes for fresh and 12 minutes for frozen.
• Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
• Drain the tortellini.
• Toss with 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water, the walnut pesto, and the butter.
• If the pasta seems dry, add more of the reserved pasta water.
• Sprinkle with additional Parmesan and pass more at the table.

Tips & Techniques

Fresh, Frozen and Dried Tortellini:
• I recommend fresh tortellini, which are sold in the refrigerator section of most supermarkets.
• Frozen are a close second and great to have on hand.
• Both of these are better than dried.

Wine Recommendation:
• Look for a crisp, acidic white wine to cut through the richness of the walnuts.
• A sauvignon blanc from either California or New Zealand would be suitable.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user LINATIKGAL.

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