whole grain tortellini with homemade pesto

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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!  


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!


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.


Whole Grain Tortellini with Homemade Pesto

Serves 2


  • 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


  • 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!


  • http://www.willjogforfood.com natalie @ will jog for food

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

    • Cait

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

  • http://www.liztiptopshape.wordpress.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

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

    • Cait

      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! :)

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

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

    • Cait

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

  • http://talkless-saymore.com/ Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    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!

    • Cait

      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!

  • http://www.migraineme.com MigraineMe

    Looks delicious!

    • Cait

      Thanks! :) It definitely was!

  • http://lifesabowl.com Life’s a Bowl

    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!!!

    • Cait

      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!!

  • http://www.yesiwantcake.com Katie

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

    • Cait

      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 ;)

  • http://www.idontbelieveindiets.com/ Cara @ I Don’t Believe in Diets

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

  • Cait

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

  • http://withasideofhope.wordpress.com Hope @ With A Side Of Hope

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

    • Cait

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