Creamy Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

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Creamy Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Cook the tortellini according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Add tortellini to a large bowl. Add caesar dressing to the pasta and toss to coat.
  3. Add tomatoes, olives, green onion, basil pesto, salt and pepper and garlic powder and toss to combine. Add sunflower seeds and 1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese and toss to combine.
  4. Serve warm or cold. Store in the fridge. If it seems to dry after sitting in the fridge (the pasta can absorb a lot of moisture) you can add another spoonful of caesar dressing and/or pesto. Garnish with the remaining parmesan and fresh chopped basil before serving.
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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 717mg 30%
Potassium 145mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 17%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 36%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Italian Sausage Penne & Four Cheese Tomato Sauce

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Italian Sausage Penne & Four Cheese Tomato Sauce
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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the Italian sausage, cook through, drain any grease, then set aside.
  2. While the sausage is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the penne pasta according to package directions, drain then set aside.
  3. In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the cream cheese, tomato sauce, tomato paste and chicken broth together.
  4. Add the oregano, parsley, garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt and red pepper flakes, stir everything together.
  5. Add the parmesan, mozzarella and ricotta cheese, continue stirring until all of the cheese has melted into the sauce.
  6. Add the cooked sausage and penne pasta to the cheesy tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  7. Serve immediately topped with fresh basil.
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Nutrition Facts
Italian Sausage Penne & Four Cheese Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 842 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 80%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 2207mg 92%
Potassium 440mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 13g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 24%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 56%
Iron 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.