Pesto Tortellini Skewers

by jerseygirl on April 6, 2013 · 10 comments

whole skewersToday’s recipe is an easy to make appetizer. I brought these tortellini skewers to a party last week and they were a hit.  For some reason, people love to eat food off of sticks. Did you ever notice that? Typically it is hard to get pasta on a stick (have you ever tried spaghetti?) but tortellini are very doable.

Now please don’t judge me because you see them served out of an aluminum tin. When you are at a soccer or  baseball party with over a dozen sweaty boys, these tins are fancy. Believe me when I say that as I have had parties in my house with food served out of cardboard boxes. The boys don’t care about containers as they are more more worried about what’s inside the boxes. Or how fast you can swallow down a slice of pizza before going back to playing basketball or XBox.

If you really want to know the truth, I don’t think any of the boys ate a skewer. But the adults really liked them.

In this recipe, I used pesto tortellini from Trader Joe’s but any tortellini will do. The pesto sauce really gave everything good flavor. If you use too much, the skewers could be salty so I used only a small amount of pesto.

The variations on the skewers are endless. This is not the first time,  I have made them.  My Antipasto Skewers are a frequent visitor at summer parties too. You can put whatever you want on a stick. I am making them next week for book club but leaving out the pepperoni to make them vegetarian. They might also be more kid friendly if the pesto is left out. Be creative and look in your fridge and pantry. You’ll find endless ideas to serve on a skewer!


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Pesto Tortellini Skewers
Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6 to 8
An easy appetizer to make that's fun to serve at a party.
  • 8 to 10 ounce package of fresh tortellini
  • 8 ounces bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls)
  • 2 TBS pesto sauce
  • 24 small slices pepperoni
  • 24 grape tomatoes
  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain when cooked and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together the tortellini and mozzarella balls with pesto sauce. Stir gently so they don't break apart.
  3. On small skewers, alternate tortellini, mozzarella balls wrapped in pepperoni and tomatoes. You will use 24 pieces of tortellini and mozzarella balls. There might be a few extra leftover.
  4. Makes 24 skewers.
These are great made in advance and kept in the refrigerator.


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Danielle April 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Skewers are such a great idea for appetizers 🙂 love it!


Kate April 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I’ve made caprese skewers before, adding tortellini seems like such an easy variation.


Karen Harris April 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Love these. Not only are they pretty but I know that they are delicious. I’m passing this idea on to my daughter. She is a beginner at entertaining and these would be perfect for her to wow her friends.


Katrina April 7, 2013 at 12:45 am

Such a great idea! Must try and just might for a shindig next Friday. 😉


Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! April 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm

What a great idea! I love that you can make these ahead of time. I have people coming over in 2 weeks and I am definitely going to make these!


teresa April 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm

YUM! i would have a hard time only having one or two!


Robin (Masshole Mommy) April 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

Those look amazing and I am betting my kids would eat them because they’re on sticks LOL. The same food could be on a plate, but they wouldn’t touch it, but put it on a stick? And it’s devoured in seconds.


Ramona April 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

What a great idea. I can tell these would be a hit.


Angela April 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I love this idea for a summer party–easy and pretty.


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