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Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

 Mediterranean Tortellini Salad
One of my childhood friends moved to Italy 20 years ago. During a recent visit to see her, I enjoyed a scrumptious salad made with tortellini and fresh vegetables. I fell in love with the dish and have been trying to recreate ever since. How'd I do? —Kelly Mapes, Fort Collins, Colorado
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked turkey sausage, sliced
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup roasted sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pitted Greek olives, sliced

Directions

  • Cook tortellini according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray,
  • cook and stir sausage over medium heat 6-7 minutes or until lightly
  • browned. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Drain tortellini; add to sausage. Stir in pesto. Add remaining
  • ingredients; toss to combine. Serve warm or refrigerate until
  • chilled. Yield: 6 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.