Saturday, December 22, 2012

Festive Tortellini Salad for Twelve

Looking for an easy meal to take to a Christmas Eve party?  Here's Marash Girl's!  It's not only beautiful to look at, but delicious! A quick trip to Costco, and you'll have all the ingredients you'll need.  [Can't guarantee how this dish will come out substituting other tortellini, artichoke hearts, or roasted red peppers.  One of the secrets here is that the artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers indicated in this recipes are in glass jars, and therefore do not pick up any flavor from the containers.]

Shopping List

Olivieri All Natural 7-Cheese Tortellini (frozen) (double pack)
Kirkland Artichoke Hearts (marinated in oil, garlic, vinegar & spices) in glass jar
Del Destino Fire Roasted Red Peppers in glass jar


Drain artichoke hearts, SAVING THE MARINADE (you will be using it later in the salad).
Drain red peppers and discard the liquid.
Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil, adding about a teaspoon of salt.  
While water is coming to a boil, slice artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers in half, or into bite sized pieces if you prefer.
When water has come to a boil, drop in frozen tortellini. 
When tortellini is al dente, drain off water. 
Add the artichoke hearts and red peppers that have been cut into pieces.
Add the MARINADE that you have drained from the artichoke hearts (AND SAVED) to the salad and gently (so as not to damage the tortellini) toss the ingredients together.
Taste and adjust seasoning by adding salt, pepper, perhaps a bit of wine vinegar, a bit of olive oil.

Serve warm or cold  (Marash Girl's family likes their tortellini salad warm or room temperature) accompanied by a green salad.

Or simply take this beautiful dish to your next party.  The guests will love you for it!


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