You all know my love for pasta. I can pretty much eat it any time and anywhere. The only time I have trouble eating it is when it's hot outside. I'm not talking like 80 degrees hot, I'm talking 95 degrees, really humid, with a heat index of 105 degrees. Then I can't eat pasta and it makes me sad.
Oh sure, I still make pasta salad about once a week in the summer and while I love it, it's not the same as having a good bowl of pasta for dinner. For starters it just doesn't feel as filling. Then it has so many vegetables and an oil and vinegar dressing which just changes everything.
I know I didn't want to have a hot bowl of pasta and I couldn't put marinara sauce on cold pasta so I did the only thing I could think of. I used a heartier pasta instead. In this case I used cheese tortellini. I absolutely love tortellini and because it's stuffed with cheese it's pretty filling.
This Tortellini Pasta Salad is delicious and perfect for summer parties and gatherings. It's also a tasty summer lunch or dinner because it has vegetables, cheese, and pasta all in one dish. The dressing is light but flavorful and it works as an entree or a side dish.
I added in cucumbers, red peppers, red onions, two types of cheese, and pepperoni but really you can add in all of your favorite vegetables and cheese to make a tortellini pasta salad that works for your family!
- ¼ c. olive oil
- ¼ c. red wine vinegar
- 3 T. Parmesan cheese
- 1 t. paprika
- 1 t. garlic
- 2 t. Italian seasoning
- 1 T. honey
- salt and pepper
- 12 oz. cheese tortellini
- ½ cucumber, finely chopped
- ½ red onion, finely chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- ¼ c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ¼ c. cheddar cheese, cubed
- ⅓ c. pepperoni, chopped
- Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.
- Cook the tortellini according to the package directions and drain. Run under cool water until the tortellini is no longer hot.
- In a large bowl combine the cucumber, red onion, and red pepper. Add in the tortellini. Pour the dressing over top and toss to coat.
- Fold in the cheese and pepperoni. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.