Tortellini in Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Crisp carrots, broccoli and tender pasta are blended with a dressing that lends a little sweetness to this savory side or meatless main dish.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
package (9 oz) refrigerated tricolor cheese-filled tortellini
1/4
cup balsamic or cider vinegar
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/4
teaspoon paprika
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
medium carrot, sliced (1/2 cup)
2
cups broccoli florets
2
medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 Cook and drain tortellini as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix vinegar, basil, oil, paprika, salt and garlic with wire whisk until well blended. Stir in carrot, broccoli, onions and tortellini until coated.

Expert Tips

Pungently sweet and dark in color, balsamic vinegar gets its characteristics from a long aging process in wooden barrels.

Try a bottled balsamic vinaigrette if you don't have time to make this dressing from scratch.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
110 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12 g
12 %
(Saturated Fat
3 g,
3 %
),
Cholesterol
55 mg
55 %;
Sodium
130 mg
130 %;
Total Carbohydrate
16 g
16 %
(Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 %
),
Protein
6 g
6 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
72%;
Vitamin C
72%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.