Warm Tortellini and Asparagus Salad

Finally Michael gave in to making a vegetarian dish! I also got some fun new plates at Marshall's to showcase it :) I've been waiting on these dishes to go on clearance for months - I love that store! Anyways, this recipe is very easy and fast - but wasn't as flavorful as we were hoping. Next time, we might add some garlic or dijon mustard and some salt to kick up the flavor a bit. If you decide to try this dish & come up with some good additions, let us know! You can serve it right away (the arugula will wilt a little, which is fine) or put it in the fridge for later. This recipe can serve about 4.


  • 1 (9-ounce) package fresh cheese tortellini
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2-inch-long) slices fresh asparagus (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (3 ounces) fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/2 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and halved


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions (usually about 7-9 mins), omitting salt and fat.
  2. Add asparagus to pasta during last 2 minutes of cook time. Drain.
  3. While pasta cooks, combine vinegars, oil, and pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Add pasta mixture, arugula, and remaining ingredients; toss to coat.


lisaiscooking said...

Sounds like a great combination with the asparagus and artichokes!

Unknown said...

Looks delicious! I love those plates! :)

Anonymous said...

great picture quality!

grace said...

such glorious colors in this dish! i think it'd be perfect for a picnic potluck, or any meal any day. :)

Heather said...

i just love tortellini, and the asparagus sounds amazing, too!

test it comm said...

That is one nice looking Spring pasta!

jackie @ PhamFatale.com said...

beautiful dish. Did you use whole wheat pasta? It looks like it.

Cristian Borod said...

Great, beautiful, delicious,just love it!

Juliana said...

WOW, such a great looking dish! Love the combination of flavors...and the pictures are amazing.

Chef Fresco said...

Jackie: we did use whole wheat pasta :)

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