Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad With Tortellini

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad With Tortellini

Although we enjoy home cooked meals, my family also LOVES take out. Especially, burgers and pizza.

With my family’s love for pizza in mind, I set out to find a pasta recipe, something tasty and something different. I tried a simple recipe for pepperoni pizza pasta salad with tortellini that my husband and kids thought was really good.

It only takes an hour and a half to make and the ingredients aren’t hard to find. Plus, the measurements are made to produce enough for 8 people. That’s more than enough for our famil of 5.

What is tortellini?

This recipe calls for tortellini as the pasta of choice. This pasta has a navel or ring shape that is stuffed with cheese or meat. It originated in the Bologna region of Italy and resembles cappelletti because of the stuffing and shape.

Tortellini has a larger version called tortelloni. They’re traditionally used in making soup that’s served on Christmas Eve. These types of pasta are perfect for recipes that include tomato cream sauce or cream and butter.

Tips For Making Pepperoni Pasta Salad with Tortellini

Olives are not welcome in our household, but if you like them, feel free to add some.

If you prefer some other meat, like bacon or sausage, then use them as substitutes to pepperoni. Better yet, add them on top of pepperoni. For meat lovers, this is a heavenly choice!

If you’d rather have a vegetarian meal, cut back on the meat and add more veggies to the mix. You can also switch it up by mixing your pasta salad with a non-creamy salad dressing, like a caesar vinaigrette.


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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad With Tortellini

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad With Tortellini


  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 – 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  1. 20 oz package cheese tortellini
  2. 3/4 cup Italian dressing
  3. 1/2 cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  5. 2/3 cup pepperoni, sliced
  6. 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, diced

For seasoning:

  1. salt and pepper
  2. grated Parmesan cheese
  3. crushed red pepper flakes, for an extra kick, if desired

 


Instructions

  1. The pasta will continue to cook after you have removed it from the pot. The pasta needs to be cooked, but at the same time it needs to stay firm in the salad.
  • Category: Salad

Keywords: pepperoni pizza pasta with tortellini


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