I was making pasta salad for a picnic and noticed that I ran out of dressing. All I had was extra-virgin olive oil. So, that's all I used, with some salt. It was so much better this way. Everyone wanted the recipe and then couldn't believe that oil was the only thing on this salad. Please try it this way and if you don't agree, you can always add vinegar or something. But, I don't think you will.

Deb

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook uncovered until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately immerse in ice water to cool; drain.

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  • Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Stir the tortellini into the water and return to a boil; cook until the tortellini float to the top, 5 to 6 minutes; Drain water and run tortellini under cold water to cool.

  • Combine tortellini, asparagus, tomatoes, olives, and and basil in a bowl. Drizzle olive oil over tortellini mixture and stir to coat; season with salt.

Cook's Note:

Orange or red tomatoes can be used. Substitute cherry tomatoes for grape tomatoes if desired.

Nutrition Facts

499 calories; protein 12.6g; carbohydrates 39.4g; fat 33.9g; cholesterol 19.7mg; sodium 1132.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2014
I must admit I fully intended to "add some flavor" to this after preparing according to the recipe. However I was pleasantly surprised as it is delightful just as is! Our grocery store didn't have spinach/ricotta tortellini so I used a four cheese tortellini instead. We also don't care for olives so I omitted them but I can certainly see how they'd make this even better (if you like olives;) ). I didn't measure the EVOO just a drizzled a bit (and I'm sure I used well less than 1/2 C). Like the submitter says in the tagline TRY IT as written first then adjust if you feel it needs it (and I'm a tweaker from way back but I'm glad I listened to the tagline plea for this one). THANKS for the recipe! Read More
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3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2014
I must admit I fully intended to "add some flavor" to this after preparing according to the recipe. However I was pleasantly surprised as it is delightful just as is! Our grocery store didn't have spinach/ricotta tortellini so I used a four cheese tortellini instead. We also don't care for olives so I omitted them but I can certainly see how they'd make this even better (if you like olives;) ). I didn't measure the EVOO just a drizzled a bit (and I'm sure I used well less than 1/2 C). Like the submitter says in the tagline TRY IT as written first then adjust if you feel it needs it (and I'm a tweaker from way back but I'm glad I listened to the tagline plea for this one). THANKS for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2014
As stated simple and delicious. No need to make any adjustments. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2016
I used the Wishbone Robusto Salad dressing that someone else suggested and wasn't thrilled with the results. I left out the olives and used slivers of Asiago cheese instead of the Parmesan. Overall I enjoyed the salad but will use a different dressing next time. Maybe add some roasted peppers also. Read More
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