Tortellini with Snap Peas and Pesto

Tortellini with Snap Peas and Pesto

This recipe for tortellini with snap peas and pesto makes a great summer meal. It’s fresh and flavorful, and very quick to throw together. Mike and I both love tortellini in pretty much any dish, so of course I bookmarked this easy recipe when I saw it in the most recent Cooking Light magazine. Rather than using a traditional basil pesto, this recipe calls for a cup of fresh mint leaves in addition to the basil. The mint gives the pesto a nice bright flavor and unique taste. Throw in the combination of  tortellini and fresh snap peas (one of my favorite vegetables!), you are left with a quick, healthy, and delicious meal. We will definitely be making this one again!

Tortellini with Snap Peas and Pesto


  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 Tbsp sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated three-cheese tortellini
  • 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved diagonally (about 1 1/2 cups)


  1. Place mint, basil, almonds, Parmesan, lemon zest, pepper, salt and garlic in a mini food processor; process until finely chopped, scraping sides of the bowl. Combine oil and juice in a small bowl. With processor on, slowly pour oil mixture through food chute; process until well blended. Set aside.
  2. Cook tortellini according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
  3. Add snap peas to pan during last 3 minutes of cooking; cook 3 minutes. Drain.
  4. Combine tortellini mixture and pesto, tossing gently to coat.

from Cooking Light, May 2014

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