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Tortellini with Snap Peas and Pesto

Photo: Stephen Devries; Styling: Lindsey Lower

 

Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
Taste the snap and crunch of springtime in this easy weeknight pasta dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated three-cheese tortellini (such as Buitoni)
  • 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved diagonally (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 351
  • fat 17.4 g
  • satfat 4.1 g
  • monofat 9 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 13 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 26 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 392 mg
  • calcium 191 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add snap peas to pan during last 3 minutes of cooking; cook 3 minutes. Drain.

  2. Place mint and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a mini food processor; process until finely chopped, scraping sides of bowl once. Combine oil and juice in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. With processor on, slowly pour oil mixture through food chute; process until well blended. Combine tortellini mixture and mint mixture; toss gently to coat.

Cook's Notes

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