It seems like a lot of evenings lately I’ve had a lot of meal time barriers. By that I mean team practices, after school clubs, homework, class projects and the other everyday tasks that can interrupt dinner preparation. My husband and I agree that having a family dinner is important, so I do my best to make a home-cooked meal no matter how hectic things become. I’ve found on those busy nights, a pasta meal is the perfect solution for dinner time.
When I make a pasta dinner for the family, I’m able to multitask. I can cook the pasta, help my daughters with their homework, make a sauce and side salad, set the dinner table, etc. It usually takes about 10-12 minutes to cook the pastas we like and it’s the perfect amount of time for me to get those other quick tasks out of the way and get ready for the meal.
Last night my husband was working late, both daughters had extra homework because of a school festival the night before, and I wanted something easy and delicious. It was a great evening to make a quick and easy pasta meal, so I put together this yummy Pesto and Three Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad. I’d just picked up the ingredients at my BJ’s Club last weekend and had been craving the recipe all week.
Pesto Three Cheese Tortellini Pasta Salad
1 (12-ounce) package of Barilla Collezione Three Cheese Tortellini
4 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (15-ounce) jar of fire-roasted red peppers, drained and sliced
1 (6.3-ounce) jar of Barilla Traditional Pesto Sauce
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the #BarillaTortellini according to package instructions. Drain pasta, then rinse with cold water to cool. Drain again, then place pasta in a large serving bowl.
Add the halved tomatoes and sliced peppers to the bowl of pasta and toss gently to combine. Spoon the #BarillaPesto into the bowl and gently toss to combine.
I love this recipe because it’s so simple to make, but looks and tastes amazing! I find myself making it as a side dish for cook-outs in the summer or an easy lunch or dinner when I’m short on time. Everyone loves it!
Be sure to try our Pesto and Three Cheese Tortellini for your family! You can pick up the Barilla Collezione Tortellini 2-pack and the Barilla Traditional Pesto Sauce 2-pack at your local BJ’s Club (the Tortellini is limited time only so get there quickly!).
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla Pasta Company. The opinions and text expressed in this posting are all mine and are not shared by the organization.