Tortellini with Spinach Walnut Pesto

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 10 servings
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4 ounces chopped walnuts

2 family size (18-ounce) packages, cheese or mushroom and cheese filled fresh tortellini (sold on dairy aisle of market)

1 cup chicken stock or broth

10 ounces (1 package) baby spinach, reserve a few leaves for garnish

2 cloves garlic

2/3 cup (a couple of handfuls) grated Parmigiano or Romano

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or freshly grated

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

Edible flowers, optional plate garnish, nice for parties


  1. Toast walnut pieces in a small pan or toaster oven until lightly browned. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Place a large pot of water on to boil. When it comes to rolling boil, salt the water and cook tortellini to package directions.
  3. Heat 1 cup chicken stock or broth to a boil and remove from heat.
  4. Using a food processor, working in batches, grind spinach leaves with nuts, chicken stock, and garlic. Transfer ground spinach nut paste to a large bowl. Stir in the cheese, nutmeg, and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Coat hot, cooked tortellini with sauce, tossing in the bowl you prepared sauce in. Turn pasta out on to a serving platter and garnish with a few baby spinach leaves and edible flowers.