This is a quick pasta salad that is kicked up a notch by using tortellini instead of regular pasta. It is great for a cook-out or potluck because it doesn't include mayonnaise.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 30 mins
5 servings


Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite and filling is warmed through, 5 to 7 minutes; drain.

  • Stir cooked tortellini, tomatoes, broccoli, yellow bell pepper, Parmesan cheese, and pepperoni together in a bowl. Pour in 1 cup Italian dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. If salad looks dry, stir in an additional 1/4 cup Italian dressing before serving.

Cook's Note:

I have tried several types of Italian dressing and have found that Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian(R) works best in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

762 calories; protein 29.2g 58% DV; carbohydrates 64.2g 21% DV; fat 44.8g 69% DV; cholesterol 92.3mg 31% DV; sodium 2160.5mg 86% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I am the submitter of this recipe. In the instructions AR left out to be sure and rinse the tortellini in cold water and drain. If the pasta is not cool, it will melt the cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
I am the submitter of this recipe. In the instructions AR left out to be sure and rinse the tortellini in cold water and drain. If the pasta is not cool, it will melt the cheese. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this using grilled chicken instead of sausage and it was delicious. Also used Italian dressing mix that had a small amount of balsamic vinegar mixed in with the white vinegar that the mix call for. Very Yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used this as my base recipe but was looking for a hot dinner dish so sautéed onions with the yellow pepper first, added the pepperoni & artichokes to the skillet along with: 1 Tbs parsley, 1 Tbs oregano, 2Tbs of the juice from artichoke can, 1 Tbs olive oil and 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar. Therefore, I did not use the Italian dressing called for in original recipe. Tossed with the hot pasta, sprinkled with the shredded Parmesan and served. We absolutely loved it!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I prepared this salad the night before serving as a side dish substituting green pepper for the yellow. For the dressing I used Debby's "Italian Dressing Mix" from this website made up with EVOO and red wine vinegar rather than the canola oil and white vinegar called for in her recipe. The salad was great! Even my Italian-background partner liked it and he is very fussy about his Italian dishes. This recipe is a keeper and I'm sure I'll do some variations from the original recipe too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this salad to go with my Sunday chicken dinner. I made it the night before to save me some time. I did need the extra sauce. I liked it because it wasn't swimming in dressing like some pasta salads. It was very light. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great cool summer dish! I didn't have tortellini so cheese ravioli was substituted. Thanks for posting. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this pretty much as written for a potluck at work. Used a little less cheese a yellow pepper and left out pepperoni. Added a little salt to make up for less cheese and no pepperoni. Looks great and tasted even better. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used tri-color tortellini for extra color and went sparingly on the dressing. Guests can always add more dressing if they want. I like to taste the flavors of the food not all the dressing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very tasty. I think I would prefer a creamy Caesar dressing but that is a matter of personal taste. I thought the Italian was a little tart but that could also be the brand I used. Read More