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As summer approaches, and the weather gets warmer, you might find the thought of cooking over a hot stove and eating a hearty dinner each night unappealing. While the weather might be telling your stomach to skip a hot dinner and head out to your local ice cream shop, it’s important to maintain eating well-balanced meals all year long. We’ve found the perfect recipe for your whole family that’s hot, but quick, delicious and most importantly, nutritious!

Pesto Tortellini Salad combines flavorful vegetables, cheeses, meats and a light sauce that’s perfect both right off the stove and as a cold leftover salad the next day.

  • 1 lb of cooked chicken sausage, cut into 1/4 inch rings
  • 1 lb of fresh cheese-filled tortellini pasta
  • 1 lb of fresh brussel sprouts
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 t of pepper
  • 1/2 t of salt
  • 3 T of olive oil
  • a dash of chili powder
  • 1/3 cup of pesto (We love this organic pre-made pesto sauce from Bioitalia)
How To:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Wash the brussel sprouts and cut in halves.

3. Blend 2 T of olive oil, a dash of chili powder and salt and pepper in a bowl. Toss brussel sprouts in this mixture.

4. Place brussel sprouts on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes.

5. Start boiling water for tortellini after placing brussel sprouts in oven. Once water is boiling, add tortellini and cook thoroughly. (Save 1/3 cup of water from this.)

6. Saute chicken sausage in 1 T of olive oil over medium heat for approximately 6 minutes.

7. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.

8. Place sauteed sausage and garlic in a bowl.

9. Heat pesto sauce in the same pan you sautéed your chicken sausage and garlic.

10. Combine tortellini with sausage and brussel sprouts and pesto sauce. Add your 1/3 cup of saved pasta water to keep moist. Toss all ingredients in a serving bowl and enjoy!

This dish can be enjoyed hot or cold!


For more great summer salad recipes, check out:

3 Simple Summer Salad Recipes

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Danielle is a Pittsburgh native who has been warming her “black and gold” blood in sunny Northern California for the past 6 years. On any given day, you can find her arranging ridiculous photo shoots of her one-year-old son Graeme and cat Gizmo, or working on any one of her 27,000 writing projects. She enjoys daydreaming about becoming a famous actress and starting a handful of different businesses with her husband over glasses of wine in the evenings. Someday, she hopes to travel the country in an RV with her family… but she needs to sell that novel first. You can follow her journeys through her blog With A Red Bird On My Shoulder

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