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Antipasto Kabobs Recipe

Antipasto Kabobs Recipe

My husband and I met at a cooking class and have loved creating menus and entertaining ever since. These do-ahead appetizers are always a hit.—Denise Hazen, Cincinnati, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + marinating YIELD:20 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 40 pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 40 large pitted ripe olives
  • 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 40 thin slices pepperoni
  • 20 thin slices hard salami, halved
  • Fresh parsley sprigs, optional


  • 1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the tortellini, olives and salad dressing. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • 2. Drain and discard marinade. For each appetizer, thread a stuffed olive, folded pepperoni slice, tortellini, folded salami piece, ripe olive and parsley sprig if desired on a toothpick or short skewer. Yield: 40 appetizers.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 138 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 671mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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cccosey User ID: 5810783 263356
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"Great for parties! I first made these while living in Italy and had access to fresh and authentic anitpasta--- so yummy!"

cmb1940 User ID: 1028862 258632
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

"Made these for our Christmas gathering using cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salami,pepperoni, black and green olives and parsley. Found some 4 inch bamboo skewers that worked perfectly. Not many left over."

recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 258500
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"easy and tasty! It is nice to have an appetizer that can be made up a little in advance of the event. Once I got into the rhythm of assembly these went together quickly. I used turkey pepperoni with no difference in taste and thus a little lower fat. I would also like to try marinating some mozzarella with the olives and tortellini for a little added cheese flavor. I used a light Italian dressing; it worked well and wasn't as oily as regular Italian dressing might have been. Perfect appetizer also if you're taking an appetizer to share to a function; travels well."

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 256071
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"Nice to be able to use lots of choices. Made some as written and made some with cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices for my vegetarian friends. I also added mozzarella balls. Marinated only the tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives and mozzarella balls."

my4sweetys User ID: 3051527 254708
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"SUPER quick and YUMMY! Used just black olives as the green ones with the salami seemed a little too salty for our taste but DEFINITELY a keeper!!"

Hauna User ID: 8148158 249939
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"I have been making these for years. The recipe was in a Taste of Home appetizer magazine. They're great for all kinds of occasions from holiday get togethers to a summer picnic. They always go fast."

Jellybug User ID: 53068 240715
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"I made this recipe for my future in laws and they loved it...this one is a keeper for life..."

amehart User ID: 1464390 239293
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"These were a big hit at a holiday party! Everyone loved them and these will be made again for the next get together! We have appetizers on Friday nights with the family, and they have already been requested. I made Italian Dressing and added some Tabasco for the family who loves spicy, and without for those who don't. ALL were gone in short order!"

breezymayrie User ID: 8174233 235560
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"Very tasty. I love this recipe."

Srjr111 User ID: 8162463 230105
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"These were a great hit and very tasty. Why would you add a piece of cheese when using cheese tortellini???"

Bonito User ID: 1630276 220460
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"What a great idea to use the tortellini - I am making this for a Valentine's day party and I love that you can make it ahead of time - great idea"

GrandMawMaw User ID: 7998381 214205
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Very easy to make and using multi-color picks made a very nice presentation."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 128364
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"These kabobs were good. Using the tortellini was a great idea! It was a little time consuming and slippery because of the oil, but I t went over well."

cimgraph User ID: 4094097 65566
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"easy, filling and pretty! You can pretty much use what you have on hand. I used tortellini, pepperoni, grape tomatoes, black olives, basil, chunks of pepper jack cheese and everyone liked it! Zucchini chunks would be a good addition too."

spagano User ID: 844913 147468
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2014

"I made these to bring to a pizza party (hosts were grilling pizza-yum!) and they were a hit. I waited until the last minute to find a recipe so I only marinated for about 15 minutes but they were still yummy. I don't like hard salami so I substituted Genoa slices. I also used the small pepperoni slices that come bagged. They fit perfectly on some vintage (nice way of saying stored at my Grandmother's house for 30 years) plastic 4" drink picks. This is a keeper!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 62226
Reviewed May. 18, 2014 Edited Dec. 10, 2015

"These were a big hit. Simple ingredients provided a surprisingly fantastic flavor. I was able to adjust the skewers to individual tastes.

I used the short kabob skewers but you can also take the long ones and cut them down to size."

PennChone User ID: 7787554 57259
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"'Took these to a cocktail party and all of the women asked for the recipe. SO good !

I added a cube of sharp cheddar to each skewer."

meaganteal User ID: 814898 148270
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"Pretty good. I made these for the Super Bowl and everyone liked them. I didn't think they were very flavorful, but everyone else seemed to enjoy them."

commich User ID: 5636454 128928
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"easy to make and a huge hit at our Super Bowl party. Thinking of adding fresh marinated mozzarella."

Apples414 User ID: 7469333 62884
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"I substituted Italian Dressing for Kraft's Zesty Italian Dressing. I also tried marinating them with Catalina Dressing and those were enjoyed as well."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 142930
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"Delicious! easy to prepare. I include a marinated mozzarella ball to each skewer. Cheese is always a compliment to salami."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 93694
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"These were easy and delicious and fantastic to take to a holiday party. I substituted some fresh mozzarella for the black olives and everyone loved them."

CookingVal User ID: 6083647 128362
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Amazing! So cute, easy and delicious! I served these at a party and everyone loved them...even the children!"

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saw-whet User ID: 2849135 57258
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013 Edited Dec. 26, 2013

"This is a simple, but excellent recipe. These appetizers are so pretty and easy to serve. I used diamond plastic heart toothpicks, which are exactly 3-3/8" long, and they worked perfectly. I substituted dried tortellini for the refrigerated type, and they were fine. Served these up on a pretty platter, and they were an outstanding addition to my buffet dinner. Thanks for a great recipe."

hunkydoriest User ID: 4515323 206737
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"easy and delicious...attractive presentation."

Ruminant User ID: 3732280 142929
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"These are easy and excellent. Should have made more!!!"

jackie.baker User ID: 3555282 57257
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"Made them for a graduation party, they were a big hit! I loved them too."

RoxyAZ User ID: 6753469 62221
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"This recipe was easy and worked well for a party but I think the Italian dressing is a bit too strong. I'm not sure I would use it next time."

iviciccj User ID: 7111203 65565
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"What a great appetizer! It's healthy and pretty. I used salami, ham, green pimento olives, marinated artichokes and tortellini. I received many compliments on such an easy app."

ButterLovingGirl User ID: 2638029 148269
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"I've made them 3 times in 1 month and loved by every one! I used spinach and regular tortellini."

fireside335 User ID: 1179431 93693
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"I've made these several times always to great reviews! I end the kabob with a small cheese cube and serve them standing upright! Thanks for posting this recipe!!"

amyc121 User ID: 6825357 142224
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"Made this a couple times to bring to parties--even thought it's easy, it has impressed every time. I've noticed if you only cook the tortellini to al dente (the minimum cooking time on the package), it stays firm enough to stay on the skewers, even after marinating overnight."

Beths228 User ID: 392524 57256
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"Huge hit! Use the wooden skewers and the tortellini will stay on! Added roasted peppers, tomatoes and mozzarella to some!"

the_family_cook User ID: 6746317 122813
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2012

"These were super easy to make and look great! I brought these to a birthday potluck. They were a big hit."

OneNonBlonde User ID: 6418661 75703
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"When I make these (and that's often, in the summertime!) I thread the ingredients onto stalks of rosemary. Just strip all but the tips of rosemary. And I dry the leftover rosemary for later use. Gets rave reviews-especially from the bf and his buddies from OHIO! Thanks for posting, Denise."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 62882
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"Good recipe, but the food kept sliding off the skewers. Next time I'd just throw it all together as a salad."

Hogar User ID: 1640381 152953
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"Convenient, because it can be made ahead of time if you are entertaining and it makes a great appetizer good to eat at any time. Try it, you will love it!!! ???"

norena70 User ID: 5192480 62220
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Made this recipe for the third time and again they are delicious. They look just like your picture and taste amazing."

jenjones892 User ID: 3931282 62879
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I marinated the pasta and olives in the salad dressing as directed. When it came time to assemble, the pasta wouldn't stay on the skewers so I tossed all the ingredients together in a bowl and served it as a salad. There was nothing left of it at the end of the meal. Very easy and very tasty! Next time I won't even attempt the kabobs. I'll just go straight for the salad version."

Pinky50 User ID: 529648 142222
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"These are so easy to make and also very attractive on a platter/table of appetizers. Closer to the holidays, I use the green and red tortellini. The hardest part is finding the sticks to put them on -- mine would not fit on toothpicks. :-) I did find short skewer sticks and now keep them on hand for when I want to make these."

rosalieb1 User ID: 5160172 142219
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"Great take-along appetizer for tailgating. All loved it!"

rhtack User ID: 1927363 128923
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"I served these at a party last weekend. I have been asked for the recipe by a number of people. The thing I loved was the ease in making these."

bettyloufisher User ID: 2648281 128359
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"This is a great recipe that I make to bring to gatherings. EVERYONE wants the recipe which was is simple."

Littlegal User ID: 1307406 62878
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"A wonderful no-brainer appetizer."

ChefKat64 User ID: 3486790 142200
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I took these appetizers to a New Year's Eve party where they got rave reviews. My skewers were a little longer than the ones pictured, so I also added chunks of artichokes hearts. For the marinade/dressing, I used a packaged Garlic-Parmesan dressing mix and made it with red wine vinegar and olive oil. This a great, easy recipe that will get you lots of accolades!"

Mulberry227 User ID: 4533203 62877
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"I made these for my sister-in-law's baby shower. They were a hit."

Nickster User ID: 632225 148264
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"Delicious and easy, we made them for Thanksgiving and Christmas and I've been asked to bring them to New Years."

cmischke User ID: 4036316 62873
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"easy and delicious"

bjcox150 User ID: 89491 65562
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"I used cubed genoa sausage instead of hard salami. Added mozzeralla balls.

Very good. Good presentation."

robyn530 User ID: 3554558 142928
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"What a fun idea! They were a huge hit at my party."

miaskids User ID: 4266006 93692
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"I will make them quite often. In fact I probably will make them for every party I have or attend"

miaskids User ID: 4266006 148263
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"I had these at a party and they were the best appetizers I have ever had . If you use colored tortellini they're even more colorful I can't wait to have a party and make them."

mtnmamaB&B User ID: 5219581 142192
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010


pbozek User ID: 1309402 75702
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"I did an Antipasto Kabob Bar. The guests of all ages loved it. I put out the ingredients on different plates and bowls and had long skewers for the guests to fill up. (I used cubed sausage and salami for the meats) I also made a sample Kabob. They got to pick the items they liked best and had a wonderful time. Some of the kids had a stick of olives but the looks on their faces were priceless."

bettyloufisher User ID: 2648281 62872
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"This recipe was great and very easy. Everyone at a party I attended loved them. I will always make them when I have to bring something to a function. Yum......"

willardk User ID: 5227450 65560
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"This recipe was delicious! And I liked the idea of marinating the tortellini and olives for more taste. After making all the kabobs I dribbled my italian dressing over them again just for an added kick. Everyone loved them! :)"

aware User ID: 3321631 142191
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"I made these for a wedding shower and they disappeared quickly. I made them again for a retirement party and substituted the black olive for a cherry tomato. Again people couldn't get enough. Presentation is also very pretty."

wickedwillow11 User ID: 4441059 128922
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"These were a huge hit at my holiday party. Delish!"

lindavsmith User ID: 641789 142927
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"I have been making these for years. It's always requested for family functions. I found the approx. 4inch wooden toothpicks with the decorative tops work best. Just the right size."

3monkeesmama User ID: 3011617 62870
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"We have potlucks at work every Saturday during the busy season, and I get requests for this all the time! My family loves when I make it because I always make more than I need and they get the leftovers to eat! I add cubes of mozerella and serve it with pepperoncinis on the side."

Alexsmommyislearningtocook User ID: 3473192 128921
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"so pretty, always looks impressive"

williamsegraves User ID: 3296408 147456
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"These were great, though they do take a while to make so start early!"

virggie User ID: 987631 57255
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"this recipe has been a hit at all parties that I have taken it to. Many have ask for recipe"

SMLing User ID: 3831596 142152
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"great recipe when have to bring Hors d'oeuvre somewhere --easy make-ahead--can change ingredients to whatever antipasto ingredients you like...but should use skewers!!"

[email protected] User ID: 995974 206736
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"I have done these so many times, & they are delicious. I like to use the shorter k-bob skewers, and make a centerpiece with them...foam shaped foot ball, etc...."

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 62845
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"I could not find toothpicks long enough so I just put in a bowl. Everyone loved it in my Bunco Club! Just get thick up meats and cut it into bit size!"

chubbercheeks User ID: 3718220 148261
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"YUMMY and easy! Made these for a Christmas party, and everyone loved them!"

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