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Tortellini Appetizer

The festive green and red of this appetizer will make it a welcomed addition to a holiday buffet table. Store-bought pesto keeps the preparation fast. Sometimes I like to heat the garlic in a skillet and use skewers for a different look. —Cheryl Lama, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen (1-1/2 cups dip)


  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated spinach tortellini
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 26 frilled toothpicks


  • Place garlic cloves on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil; drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Wrap foil around garlic. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Toss with remaining oil; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cheese, milk, pesto and pepper. Mash garlic into pesto mixture; stir until combined.
  • Alternately thread tortellini and tomatoes onto toothpicks. Serve with pesto dip. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 246 calories, 20g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • CarrieBerry4Chad
    Sep 5, 2019

    I made this for a holiday party and everyone raved about how festive it looked on the table!

  • Janet
    Dec 24, 2017

    I have been making this for years now and never reviewed so thought I should. When I make the dip I do it the easiest way possible using Spice World minced garlic which is already prepared. This way no baking garlic, just take it out of jar (two teaspoons equals 4 cloves) and add to other ingredients. Saves time.Also we make the skewers/toothpicks with tortellini, mozzarella small balls, and the grape tomatoes. You can leave off tomatoes or mozzarella on every other one to have a variety.My family and friends love this!

  • MGDG28
    Jan 11, 2015

    Every time I make this, people rave about the dip. It's the perfect simple recipe for any occasion, especially "all appetizer parties" because it provides a little more substance than a lot of other apps. Highly recommend. If I can do it, you can do it!

  • dadosh
    Jul 17, 2012

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  • DesertBorn54
    Feb 11, 2012

    I couldn't find long toothpicks, so I used bamboo skewers and added a tiny fresh mozzarella ball, an olive, and a marinated artichoke heart quarter. I used a tortellini at the top and bottom of the skewer. I placed the tall skewers in a vase, and it looked like a floral arrangement. The dip is fabulous. I made too much, so I put the leftovers in a bowl, added a dollop of the dressing and tossed, for a great pasta salad.

  • hallie.beeler
    Jan 3, 2012

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  • KuipoBakes
    Dec 16, 2011

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  • Carol39110
    Nov 1, 2011

    This was a hit at a recent party. I like it with a little extra pesto.

  • barbaratweedy2
    Jun 1, 2011

    So yummy, yet light. I've made and taken to several gatherings and it's gone quickly every time! The dipping sauce is the best part. :)

  • raveangelx79
    Feb 27, 2011

    So unique and fun. Delicious!