Pesto Tortellini Salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad

  Serves 4-6 as a side


  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cups pistachios, toasted and divided
  • 2 1/2 cups kale or spinach, packed
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 pound cheese tortellini, cooked to package directions
  • 1/2 cup marinated sun-dried tomatoes, chopped


Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut off the top of the head of garlic and place on a piece of foil. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over the exposed garlic cloves and season with salt and pepper. Wrap tightly and roast for 40-45 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Cool and reserve.

In a food processor, lightly pulse pistachios. Remove 1/4 cup of pistachios and reserve. Add kale or spinach, basil, roasted garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper, and process until combined and almost smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together pesto, tortellini, sun-dried tomatoes and reserved pistachios. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm, room temperature or cold.

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Posted by The Rachael Ray Show on Tuesday, 18 October 2016