Caprese Tortellini Salad #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on September 1, 2013

Caprese Tortellini Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Parades, picnics, and barbeques all go hand-in-hand with Labor Day, which for most simply marks the end of summer. There was a time, however, when American workers weren’t afforded the luxury of a day off, and Labor Day honors the contributions and achievements of those who struggled to improve working conditions for everyone. Of course, the last thing we want to do on Labor Day is think about work, so the #SundaySupper crew is dishing up quite the spread, thanks to the help of our very own Crazy Foodie Stuntman. I’m bringing a big, fat bowl of Caprese Tortellini Salad.

If you can imagine, this originally started as an antipasto pasta salad which over the years morphed into a caprese salad–a somewhat backward progression I suppose. Both versions are good, mind you, but this is the one most requested for parties. It’s always a little different each time around, so think of it as a base–marinated artichokes sound good? Toss in a jar. Better yet, try adding some marinated mushrooms. The possible combinations are endless. If you have trouble finding dried tortellini (Trader Joe’s carries it), feel free to use fresh. I found that the dried variety holds up well for salads, plus one bag makes a big bowl.

Happy Labor Day!

Caprese Tortellini Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Cook the tortellini in a pot of boiling salted water for about 12 minutes or until al dente–be careful not to over cook.  Drain, then toss with a little olive oil and the crushed garlic. This is actually the secret to many of  my pasta dishes–that fresh crushed garlic base makes everything taste good!

Caprese Tortellini Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean

While the pasta is cooling, prep the other ingredients–the tomatoes need to be quartered and salted. Tossing in the salt will help remove most of the seeds and pulp.

Caprese Tortellini Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Quarter the cheese balls, chiffonade the basil, then toss everything in with the pasta, adding olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Caprese Tortellini Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean

This tastes best if made a day ahead, but it’s certainly not necessary.

Dig in!

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Caprese Tortellini Salad
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Hearty tortellini is tossed with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella to make a twist on the classic caprese salad.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 1 lb dried mushroom tortellini
  • Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lb mini heirloom tomatoes (or sweet cherry tomatoes), quartered
  • 1 12 oz tub marinated mini-mozzarella balls, quartered
  • 1 cup basil leaf chiffonade, packed
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the tortellini for about 12 minutes or until al dente, being careful not to overcook.
  2. Drain the pasta, and return to the pot. While the pasta's still warm, toss with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the crushed garlic.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and quarter the tomatoes. Season with salt, and toss so most of the seeds and pulp fall out. Add the tomatoes to the pasta.
  4. Drain the mozzarella balls, cut into quarters, then add to the pasta.
  5. Make a chiffonade with the basil leaves, and pack into a 1-cup measuring cup. Add this to the pasta as well, and give everything a good toss.
  6. To the pasta salad, add another 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Toss until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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