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Pesto Tortellini Salad

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas

Ingredients

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato Panini

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Pesto Tortellini Salad

This delish Pesto Tortellini Salad goes from prep to table in just 15 minutes! Great for lunch and summer entertaining.

–for the pesto
2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup toasted pecans
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste
–for the salad
20 ounces fresh cheese tortellini, cooked to package directions
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
8 ounces Ciliegine (cherry sized Mozzarella)
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the tortellini, strain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking and to cool it down quickly.
To make the pesto: Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Combine the tortellini with the pesto and fold in the tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and Ciliegine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve cold or at room temperature. In a time crunch? You can make this dish the day before you wish to serve it.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas

Make the most of summers freshest bounty with these easy & delicious flatbread pizzas!

2 servings

2 pieces whole wheat naan bread
1 cup Ciliegine mozzarella, drained
2 plum tomatoes, sliced thin
1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
1 shallot, sliced into thin rings
extra virgin olive oil
a few sprigs fresh basil

Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the middle.
Rub some olive oil onto a baking sheet.
Drizzle some olive oil onto each flatbread.
Divide ingredients and top each flatbread with: mozzarella, tomatoes, artichokes, olives and shallot rings. Drizzle some more olive oil over the top.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Broil for 2-3 minutes until flatbread and cheese starts to brown.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato Panini

Ingredients

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~ Marla Meridith