Mama Kat Thursday: Best Recent Recipe!

The Mama Kat blog writing prompt I chose today is to share a recent recipe I've tried.

I'm always trying out Pinterest recipes.
One of the most fantastic of recent recipe tries was this one for Greek Tortellini Pasta!
I used the fresh Tortellini in the refrigerator section for this recipe and thought it more flavorful then the dried. Either way, you have to boil it to prep it for the salad.
(photo is my own)

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1 pound cheese Tortellini pasta (fresh or dried, cooked according to package directions)
1 1/2 cups sliced grape or cherry tomatoes
1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
1/2 cup canned or jarred Artichoke hearts (or substituted one Bell Pepper, chopped)
1/2 cup Kalamata olived (sliced or whole)
1/3 cup packed fresh Basil leaves, finely choppped

Greek Dressing:
Combine in small bowl and set aside:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
Juice of 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (= about 4 cloves)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 teaspoon dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste

Directions:
1) Cook Tortellini according to package directions. Drain off hot water, then cool with cold tap water in sink while in colander.
( For salads, pasta that's cooked al dente is best, so it's okay to shorten the cook time one or two minutes.)  

2)  While Tortellini is cooking, combine Greek Dressing ingredients in small bowl. Blend to emulsify vinegar and oil in a food processor or food chopped, then set aside in refrigerator until 15 minutes before serving time. 

3) In a large bowl combine cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, olive, artichoke hearts or bell pepper (depending on what you prefer), Feta & Basil leaves. Doesn't hurt to sprinkle lightly with salt. Then fold in the cooled Tortellini, gently combining.
Cover and chill till 15 minutes before serving time.

4)  Just prior to to serving, top pasta mix with Greek Dressing and gently combine until everything is well coated.
*****
The dressing alone is fabulous! I've been meaning to buy a cruet and this make some up for general use.

What was the last recipe you tried?


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Comments

KatBouska said…
That looks fabulous!! And with the Greek dressing? Yum!
That sounds so delicious! I juts hopped over from Mama Kat's - I'll (hopefully) be participating in future WWs with you guys. Now I'm going to go take a look around your blog :)

Kim
Patty said…
Delish!! A perfect anytime Pasta Salad that I'm adding to my "must make" recipes! Thanks for sharing!

Patty - Anothercookieplease.com

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