Cheese Tortellini with Walnut Pesto

It seems that the Cyclist and I are running a little late this Christmas season.  The cards got mailed today, homemade gifts are still in various stages of completion on the craft room table.  Neighbor gifts are going out, a few here, a few there.

These two  have thrown a wrench in my life.  (Albeit the best kind of wrench).

This pasta dish is the perfect meal during a busy season.  It’s delicious and filling, and it takes literally just minutes to make (prepare the pesto while the water comes to a boil…I’m thinking on the table in 20 minutes tops.)  And it’s one of the Cyclist’s favorite leftovers.

While it’s simple to put together, it’s good enough to serve to company.

From Quick from Scratch Pasta

Serves 4

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed flat-leaf parsley with thick stems removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 T grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 T butter

In a food processor or blender, pulse the walnuts, parsley, garlic, Parmesan, salt and pepper to a coarse puree.  While the processor is running, slowly stream in the olive oil until it reaches your desired consistency.  (The recipe originally calls for 1/2 cup…I generally use a little more than 1/4 cup).

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the tortellini until just done (read the package directions).  Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.  Drain the tortellini.

In a large bowl, toss the pasta with 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water, the walnut pesto, and the butter.  If the pasta seems dry, add more of the pasta water.  Sprinkle with the additional Parmesan and pass more at the table.

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11 Comments:


  • By Kita 23 Dec 2011

    This sounds like a killer tortellini dish. I can’t wait to try it.

  • By Cookie Sleuth 23 Dec 2011

    This sounds so good, and what a bonus that it is fast to make!

  • By Nicole 24 Dec 2011

    I make a similar dish with butternut squash ravioli and add some sage. The walnuts are just chopped though, not a pesto. I’m pretty sure I would love your version. Might be nice to make up a batch of pesto in advance for quick weeknight meals. Thanks for the tip. Happy Holidays!

  • By Tortellini Pasta 25 Dec 2011

    [...] fresh pasta with homemade walnut parsley pesto It seems that the Cyclist and I are running a little late this Christmas season. The cards got mailed today, homemade gifts are still in various stages of completion on the craft room table. Neighbor gifts are going out, [...]

  • By Katie 26 Dec 2011

    How beautiful! I love easy pasta dishes…especially as a poor grad student. :)

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  • By Jana@ delectablymine 01 Jan 2012

    This pesto looks really good. I almost always have walnuts around so I’ll have to give it a try, yum!

  • By Joyti 01 Jan 2012

    Hmmm, that sounds so delicious!

  • By Memory Foam Mattress 02 Jan 2012

    Glad to read this blog! Keep it going!

  • By Joanne 03 Jan 2012

    Better late than never!

    And this pasta salad is basically my mom’s go-to in the summer. It’s also one of my favorite things about the summer. I really should make it all year round!

  • By photography course 04 Jan 2012

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