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Wegmans Summer Tortellini Salad

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Who doesn't love finding a good vegetarian recipe for summer? Nice and light for the hot weather! This pasta and vegetable salad is fit for the most discerning appetites. Everyone loves it! A great alternative to creamy pasta salads. Great for summer potlucks, picnics and BBQs!
Ingredients
  Cheese tortellini 20 Ounce (Italian Classics Six Cheese Tortellini)
  Red sweet peppers 1 , cored, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  Red onion 1 Small, peeled, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  Asparagus 1⁄2 Pound, trimmed, cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces
  Sea salt To Taste
  Cracked black pepper To Taste
  Basting oil 2 Tablespoon
  Zucchini 1 Medium, trimmed, 1/4-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  Pine nuts 3 Tablespoon
  Grape tomatoes 1 Pint, halved
  Basil pesto 6 Ounce (Italian Classics)
  Tabasco sauce 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fresh basil leaves 15 , chiffonade
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

MAKING
2. Season pepper, onions, and asparagus with salt and pepper; toss with 1 tablespoon basting oil. Transfer to baking sheet; arrange in single layer. Roast 10-12 minutes; turn halfway through cooking time. Remove mixture from baking sheet and set aside.
3. In the meantime also cook pasta as per directions on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
4. Season zucchini with salt and pepper; toss with remaining 1 tablespoon basting oil. Transfer to baking sheet; arrange in single layer. Roast 5-7 minutes, until tender but not browned. Remove from oven. Add to remaining vegetables.
5. Chill vegetables for 1 hour.
6. Toast pine nuts in small pan on medium, about 3 minutes, stirring, until they are slightly toasted. Watch them carefully so that they don't burn. Remove from pan and set aside.
7. In a large bowl, add tomatoes, pesto, Tabasco sauce, basil, pine nuts, and vegetables to tortellini. Toss gently using two salad spoons. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

SERVING
8. This salad is best when serve chilled.

TIPS
Prepare the salad 1 day ahead to allow flavors to meld.
Tomato Pesto Sauce can be substituted for the basil pesto.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Chilling
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
90 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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