Festive Marinated Tortellini Skewers

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Festive Marinated Tortellini Skewers! A super easy and delicious, make-ahead appetizer of three-cheese tortellini, fresh mozzarella and peppers marinated in a zesty lemon vinaigrette.

I know I’m supposed to sound like I have the holidays totally under control, but ahem, not a chance.

About 20% of the shopping is done, with our 16-yr-old son being the most difficult. “Mom, I don’t need anything. I don’t want anything.”

Yet, there’s no way he’d be happy coming down Christmas morning to a puny pile of meaningless gifts under the tree. Am I right?!? Our 13-yr-old daughter, on the other hand had no problem coming up with a list. No surprise there.

Thankfully these Festive Marinated Tortellini Skewers will help make menu planning easy!

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Festive Marinated Tortellini Skewers

This recipe has been adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Of Tide & Thyme, compiled by the Junior League of Annapolis, MD. It’s dog-eared pages are well-splattered from years of use, just as a fave cookbook should look.

Tortellini Skewers Ingredients

Once you’ve done the chopping, this pasta salad comes together quickly. I like to make the vinaigrette while the water for the tortellini comes to a boil so it’s ready when the pasta is done. Then add the hot tortellini to the dressing so flavors will be absorbed.

Cooked Tortellini Mixed in Dressing

Next it’s just a matter of tossing in the rest of the ingredients. However, hold off on adding the fresh mozzarella until the pasta is completely cooled so the cubes hold their shape and don’t melt.

Tortellini Salad ready to Marinate

Try to let the mixture marinate at least two hours if possible. Overnight is best.

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And, if you’re strapped for time, you can skip the skewering and simply serve this as a scrumptious pasta salad. But skewering them up definitely adds a special touch, and who doesn’t love finger food?! Happy Holidays!

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Recipe

Festive Marinated Tortellini Skewers

An easy recipe of tortellini, fresh mozzarella and bell peppers marinated in a zesty lemon vinaigrette. A delicious, make-ahead starter your guests will love!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword make ahead appetizer, pasta appetizer, skewers, tortellini
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinating Time 12 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 35 -40 skewers
Author Kim Peterson

Ingredients

  • Juice of 2 lemons, zest of 1
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup softened sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 16 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch squares
  • 1 large poblano pepper, cut into ½-inch squares
  • cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 35-40 small basil leaves

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the first 6 ingredients. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Cook the tortellini in a pot of boiling water according to the package directions. Do not overcook.
  • Drain the tortellini and add the hot pasta to the dressing so flavors will be absorbed.
  • Gently stir in the peppers and green onions. When the pasta has cooled, add the mozzarella.
  • Let the mixture marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • To assemble, use toothpicks at least 4 inches long.
  • Skewer 1 basil leaf, 1 red bell pepper square, 1 tortellini, 1 poblano pepper square and 1 mozzarella cube on the toothpicks. (Can be assembled 1 day ahead.)

Notes

*This can also be served as a side dish without skewering.
 

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