A quick homemade arugula pesto dresses this simple broccoli and tortellini salad recipe. Serve with fresh sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2012

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  • Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  • With the motor running, drop garlic through the feed tube of a food processor; process until minced. Turn it off and add arugula, cheese, oil, 1/4 cup pine nuts, lemon zest and salt. Process, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture is fairly smooth; leave the pesto in the food processor while you cook the tortellini.

  • Cook tortellini in the boiling water until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes or according to package directions. Place broccoli in a colander and set it in the sink. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta-cooking liquid, then pour the tortellini and the rest of the cooking liquid over the broccoli in the colander. (Pouring the hot pasta and cooking liquid over the broccoli "flash-cooks" it, leaving it bright green and tender-crisp.)

  • Add the reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid to the pesto in the food processor; pulse to combine. Transfer the tortellini and broccoli to a large bowl. Toss with the pesto. Serve sprinkled with the remaining 2 tablespoons pine nuts.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

445 calories; 23.2 g total fat; 4.6 g saturated fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 605 mg sodium. 314 mg potassium; 45.3 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 16.1 g protein; 2231 IU vitamin a iu; 59 mg vitamin c; 62 mcg folate; 142 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 47 mg magnesium;

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
I halved this recipe and it was still enough to feed four. Very tasty and the "flash cooking" of the broccoli left it crunchy and fresh. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is so great! We loved this recipe. Tortellini is so good but I get sick of it in soups. This such a light and fulfilling way to enjoy it! Pros: Flavor ease speed Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Can't get enough of this pesto! The arugula pesto is delicious and easy. Used it on some small garlic toasts at a party with cocktails. Topped tomato halves with it and put under the broiler. Thinned it with some more oil and used as a salad dressing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Simplified Recipe We found this to be very tasty. Easy to make. Especially since I used store bought pesto. This made it quite easy to make. Pros: Quick easy and delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I really enjoyed this! The lemon zest added brightness to the flavor and the method of pouring the pasta water over the broccoli was a great time saver. This is a great summer recipe with barely any cooking. Because I wanted something less rich I halved the parmesan and the olive oil (subbing in extra pasta water). I also omitted the pine nuts to cut costs a little. Read More