Thursday, June 18, 2009

Summer Side Dish

Here's a great summer side dish to take along or serve at an outdoor gathering. Sorry I don't have a picture with this, it turns out really pretty with the green, yellow and red of the peppers and tomatoes.


1 (16 ounce) package frozen cheese tortellini
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
3 tablespoons prepared pesto
1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 (6 ounce) jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and cut in half

Cook tortellini as label directs. Drain and cool by running cold water over it. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper and pesto. Combine green and yellow peppers, tomato, artichokes and tortellini in a large bowl. Pour dressing in; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate if not serving right away.

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