Caprese Tortellini Salad


A moment of mommy bragging. It seems that the 2 1/2 hour drive to take my son to Latin classes has paid off. He received an award for taking the National Latin exam. He finished in the top 1/3 of all people who take the test. He was worried because he thought he did not do well on the test. I guess he did better than he thought!

We stopped to pick up some fresh basil at the grocery store but they were out of the little packets of leaves they usually have so we bought a whole plant. It was the same price as the little packets but we put it in our window and have had fresh basil for the past couple weeks. It is nice to just pick a few leaves off to add to a grilled cheese sandwich or a salad. I wanted to use a bit more of it so I decided to make a Caprese Pasta Salad. We love the flavors of balsamic and basil so I knew this would be a hit.

Verdict:

This was a hit! Everyone wanted the leftovers for lunch the next day. My daughter was taking the bit of extra dressing at the bottom of the dish and drizzling over the salad. She loved the vinegar taste.

tip: If you are using a lesser quality balsamic vinegar add a teaspoon or two of sugar to the vinegar while you are reducing it to cut the tartness.

I served this as a side salad with our steak but you could easily serve this as a main dish in large portions.

  • Servings: ”6-8″
  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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Ingredients:

  • 1 (24 oz) bag frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 (8 oz) package Mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 (8 oz) package grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 handful fresh basil, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced (optional)
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar (plus 1-2 teaspoons sugar if needed – see tip above)
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. Boil tortellini according to package directions. Once it has cooked through drain and rinse the tortellini in cold water. Dry tortellini slightly with a paper towel.
  2. While tortellini is cooking in a small saucepan over medium heat bring balsamic vinegar (and sugar if using) to a slow simmer while stirring constantly. Allow the vinegar to reduce by about 1/2.
  3. Add tomatoes, onion (if using), olive oil, and Mozzarella cheese to tortellini. Stir well.
  4. Add balsamic reduction and stir well.ย  Add torn basil and stir well. Taste and adjust spices and olive oil as necessary.

31 Comments Add yours

  1. David says:

    Congratulations to your son!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

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  2. gary loggins says:

    Sounds good, think I’ll make it tonight!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It was so simple. Hope you like it!

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  3. This has all my favorite ingredients in it. Well done! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

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  4. mistimaan says:

    Looks tasty

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  5. Erika Kind says:

    Great for the summer!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Pat Grattan says:

    Great recipe and great Latin scholar. Took four years of it and never regretted it. Congrats

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks, Pat!

      Like

  7. Gritty Momma says:

    Ahhhhh, that’s so awesome!!! I love Latin!! Congrats to your son!! (And what a yummy looking salad!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Latin has definitely grown on him. He knows it will help him in the future.

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      1. Gritty Momma says:

        It will! So many applications. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Blended Hope says:

    Wow great job!!
    And this could easily be my lunch tomorrow๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It is a great lunch salad!

      Like

  9. syl65 says:

    Congratulations to your son, Marci and the salad looks delicious, I can smell the basil..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Love, love, love basil!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. syl65 says:

        Youโ€™re welcome! Have a great weekend!

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  10. robbiecheadle says:

    This salad sounds delicious, Marci. Congratulations to your son, Latin is not easy at all.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! He loves taking Latin and will be taking Latin 3 and 4 next year.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. K E Garland says:

    Congrats to him! Also, this looks good and perfect for summer.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. RobbyeFaye says:

    WOW!! Congratulations!!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Chelvi S says:

    Congrats to your son. This is a good recipe – for my work lunch simple and nutritious

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  14. firefly1824 says:

    I remember doing some event for Latin in high school, but not what it is. This looks yummy. Alas, I have tortellini and good balsamic, but none of the other ingredients D:

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  15. firefly1824 says:

    I made this tonight, it was delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yeah! I am so glad you liked it!

      Like

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