Recipe courtesy of Cricket Azima

Tortellini Totem Poles

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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2 cups tortellini (cheese, meat, vegetable - your choice!), cooked, drained and cooled

1/2 pound mozzarella cheese (bocconcini or cut into 1-inch cubes)

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed

3/4 cup black olives, pitted

1/2 cup cucumber peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup roasted red peppers, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup pepperoni slices

1/4 cup Italian dressing


  1. Place each type of ingredient in a separate small bowl and line up bowls on a table or countertop that's within reach for all the kids.
  2. Using age-appropriate skewers (kebab skewers, disposable wooden skewers, coffee stir-sticks or straws), have each kid personalize their own totem pole by adding ingredients of their choice onto the skewer. Make colorful patterns; see who can fit the most ingredients onto their totem pole; count pieces as each is added. Dip totem poles in Italian dressing and eat!

Cook’s Note

Use all or some of the above ingredients when making this recipe.

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