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Cheese Tortellini Salad with Anchovy Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Cheese Tortellini Salad with Anchovy Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Serves 4
Pesto is a great addition to almost any pasta dish. Great pasta subs are ravioli, orecchiette, or bucatini. Sun-dried tomatoes are an easy addition when fresh grape or cherry tomatoes are not in season, but if fresh is available, they’re a perfect substitution.
  1. 8 ounces cheese tortellini (store-bought)
  2. 1 3- to 4-ounce can anchovies, packed in oil
  3. 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, plus ¼ cup torn for garnish
  4. 3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
  5. 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  6. ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  7. Juice of half a lemon, about ¼ cup
  8. 4 tablespoons Pecorino Romano, grated
  9. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  10. ½ cup sundried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  11. Crushed red pepper, to taste
  1. ►Cook tortellini according to package directions until al dente. Strain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.
  2. ►Combine anchovies, basil leaves, walnuts, and garlic in a blender for 5 pulses, until mixture appears roughly chopped. Set to “blend” and slowly add olive oil and lemon juice until well incorporated into a thick and creamy paste, about 30 seconds.
  3. ►Add Pecorino Romano and black pepper and pulse another 5 times to blend. Set aside.
  4. ►Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add pasta to the pan, stirring to coat & heat.
  5. ►Add 4 to 6 tablespoons of pesto mixture and toss to coat. Stir in a small amount of pasta water to moisten pasta and to help pesto to coat evenly. Add more pasta water or pesto if needed. Add a pinch of crushed pepper flakes and stir to finish.
  6. ►Plate pasta and serve with lemon, torn basil leaves, sun-dried tomatoes, and extra Pecorino Romano on the side.
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Elle Simone Scott

Elle Simone Scott is a chef, food stylist, culinary producer, and the founder of SheChef, Inc., an organization that provides opportunities to young women of color who aspire to work in the culinary field.

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