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Monday, July 7, 2008

Pesto Chicken Tortellini by Mags

  • 1-2 family size packages of Buitini Tortellini (I used 1 package of 3-cheese and 1 package of herb chicken) - usually found in your Pasta Aisle in a refrigerated case. 1 package is plenty for a family of 4.
  • 1-2 packets of Knorr (or other brand - I used Kroger's Private Selection) Pesto Sauce - you find this with other gravy/sauce dry packets. 1 package per pack of tortellini.
  • 1 bag of shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • olive oil
  • water
  • Optional - precooked chicken breast, cut-up into smaller pieces.
Cook your tortellini according to package directions. Drain. Put in large bowl.
Cook your pesto mix, mixing in olive oil and water, according to packet directions.
Toss with tortellini in the big bowl.
Toss in cooked chicken chunks if you want.

Same-Day Dinner:
Eat right away while everything is still hot - sprinkling on the Parmesan cheese.

To Freeze & Eat Later:
Wait until pasta cools. Poor into 1 gallon freezer bag and freeze flat.
On Eating Day - Thaw. Pour into 9"x13" pan, sprinkle Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 20-30 minutes until heated through. Uncover and bake until cheese is melted (about 5 minutes).


Allergy Note: Often Pesto sauce contains pine nuts, but the Knorr packets and the Private Selection packets DO NOT so you can serve this safely to peanut-allergy people! :)


  1. Our family really enjoys this one - and it's so easy to make! We like the 3-cheese Tortelini the best. AND, it reheats well for leftovers!! :)

  2. We liked this meal. The green color intimidated the kiddos. It was actually quite funny to watch them protest trying the meal because they assumed they were going to be eating a big pile of green veggies. Once they took the first bite, they really liked it.

  3. This received thumbs-up all around the table. And we've enjoyed the leftovers!

  4. Our family didn't care for this meal. The green was intimidating at first, but once they tasted it they thought it tasted alot like plain noodles with some seasoning. Our family is a meat eating family and preferred more meat to eat with this meal. I made soup with the leftover tortelini.