Mediterranean Tortellini Salad

love all the colors!
love all the colors!

I think that Mediterranean flavors might be my favorite – they are so fresh and seem lighter than lots of others (like Mexican!).

When the weather is warmer I love meals that can be made on the stove without heating up the house.  And, nothing says spring like salad!!!

This one was so good!!!

ingredients
ingredients

Ingredients:
1 package frozen cheese tortellini
1 package polish sausage (I used beef), sliced
1 jar prepared pesto (you could make your own – I tend to go the easy route!!)
fresh baby spinach, chopped
red bell pepper, chopped
baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
black olives, sliced
1 can cannelloni beans, drained
feta cheese

Directions:
Cook tortellini according to package directions.  (BTW – so cool how much they plump up!!)

In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat for 6-7 minutes (until lightly browned).  

sausage
sausage

Transfer to a large bowl.  Add spinach, mushrooms, pepper, olives, beans and cheese.

look at all the colors - so fresh!
look at all the colors – so fresh!

Drain tortellini and stir in.  Stir in pesto and enjoy!!

perfect spring meal!
perfect spring meal!

The entire family liked this and I have a feeling we will have this one numerous times during the next few months!!!

I think it would be a great side if you made it without the sausage, too.

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