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Spring Tortellini With Pesto

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Skim off and reserve the oil from the top of the packaged pesto; it will stil contain enough oil to coat the pasta without becoming greasy. The skimmed oil is an ideal dip for bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 2 (9-ounce) packages refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 (7-ounce) container basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus into 2-inch pieces.

  2. Prepare cheese-filled tortellini according to package directions. Add asparagus pieces to pasta water during last 2 minutes of cooking; drain.

  3. Pour off any excess oil from top of pesto container. Toss together tortellini mixture, pesto, lemon rind, and salt. Sprinkle with pine nuts, and serve immediately.

  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Buitoni Pesto with Basil.