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Tortellini with Fresh Tomato Sauce
and zucchini / basil

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
This bright and warm-weather-friendly pasta became an instant classic in our community when it was last featured in 2018.
Smarts: The tomatoes are used to create a fresh, uncooked sauce at the end of cooking, so be sure to get tomatoes that are very ripe and flavorful.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Tortellini with Fresh Tomatoes:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Pasta, uncooked tortellini - 12 oz
  • Zucchini - 12 oz, chopped
  • Tomatoes, roma - 1 lb, chopped
  • Basil - 8 leaves, chiffonade
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Cheese, parmesan - 2 oz, grated

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Prep

  1. Garlic - Chop garlic. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Pasta - Cook pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Zucchini / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Basil - Chiffonade basil.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then zucchini. Saute zucchini until very tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and Italian seasoning and saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Add pasta to pan and continue cooking until pasta is warmed through.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and vinegar.
  5. Season pasta with some salt and pepper.
  6. Grate cheese over pasta. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (49)
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Gluten-free (0)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

We did it in the oven and had really thick pieces, marinated for an hour. Next time going to marinate longer, use the grill, and watch it more closely because I slightly overcooked it. I didn't get a lot of the flavoring I was expecting...but the leftover pork was AMAZING in fried rice, and we also put it in a burrito with the zucchini and hoisin-mayo, which was awesome.

By: Kristine
Posted: May 19, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

33 reviews

Added fresh mozzarella and kalamata olives to the pasta.

By: Marisa
Posted: Apr 28, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was our first Cook Smarts recipe. We all liked it and it was easy to make!

By: Terra
Posted: Jul 24, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was the best pork I have ever eaten! Absolutely delicious!!! (We did an overnight marinade for the pork). I think the tortellini salad could use a little extra flavor.

By: Sara
Posted: Jul 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So easy, light, and delicious. I even got to use the fresh basil from my herb garden for the first time!

By: Jenna
Posted: Jun 08, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Really good. Could have just eaten the tortellini as a meal

By: Christel
Posted: Jun 08, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Easy, simple summer dish. Loved it.

By: Megan
Posted: Jun 02, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful