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Pesto Tortellini and Zucchini Salad

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 2 cups pasta mixture and 1 teaspoon cheese)
Serve this fragrant, colorful salad with warm whole wheat rolls and precut fresh cantaloupe or honeydew melon. Look for fresh tortellini in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. You can substitute yellow squash for zucchini.


  • 2 (9-ounce) packages fresh three-cheese tortellini
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 4 cups zucchini, halved and thinly sliced (about 2 zucchini)
  • 2 cups chopped plum tomato (about 4 tomatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 336
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 11.2 g
  • satfat 4.4 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 14.9 g
  • carbohydrate 45.9 g
  • fiber 3.3 g
  • cholesterol 39 mg
  • iron 2.1 mg
  • sodium 586 mg
  • calcium 220 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

  2. While pasta cooks, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add the garlic and zucchini, and sauté 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Combine pasta, zucchini mixture, and tomato in a large bowl, tossing gently to coat.

  3. Combine reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid, pesto, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle over pasta, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.