Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tailgate Treats: Tortellini Pasta Salad

We won't be back up to State College until mid-November (unfortunately we'll be out of town in another direction for this weekend's home game) and by the way time is flying, that will probably be here before we know it! By that point I'll be highly craving some of our tailgate favorites as we've been doing other foods for watching from the comfort of our own couch (aka foods that you don't have to worry about transporting).  Today I'm continuing on sharing in our favorites - up next… a simple and delicious tortellini pasta salad.

If you missed the previous tailgate treats from this season, you can find them below…
sausage bites
pepperoni pizza rolls
crockpot sweetish meatballs
tailgate dip & sausage dip

Tortellini Pasta Salad:
A twist on the regular pasta salad and very similar to one of my new favorite appetizers this summer (tortellini pasta salad skewers) we've not been able to live without some tortellini pasta salad at our tailgates this season.  In the past it's been regular pasta salad or even pasta salad shaped like little Nittany Lions but the tortellini adds a little extra element to it.  In fact, this can be done like my summer appetizer on skewers (the only ones we could find in the grocery store in State College were too thick so it didn't work well) but it's just as tasty - and easier - if you just mix it all together in a serving bowl.

two packages tortellini
one block sharp cheddar cheese
one package cherry tomatoes
one container olives
italian dressing

+ Boil the tortellini as instructed, run under cold water then add a little dressing so it doesn't stick
+ cut the cheese and salami into cubes, cut the tomatoes in halves
+ mix the cheese, salami, tomatoes and olives in with the pasta
+ drizzle more dressing throughout
+ refrigerate until serving
+ serve with dressing bottles to drizzle on individual servings
+ enjoy!

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  1. This pasta salad is always a favorite! I love pasta salad...and tortellini just makes it heartier!

  2. And you just found one of my weaknesses! I LOVE pasta salad especially for tailgates or gamedays. So easy and yummy! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. Yum!!! I love pasta salad. You hit my heart (and stomach) with this one!

  4. YUM! I'm all about pasta salads, and I love all the meat and cheese you add to this one. Love how you guys rock the tailgate perfectly <3

    Green Fashionista

  5. this is super simple and looks so yummy. i love tortellini! you are a tailgate rockstar!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. This definitely seems like a great idea for a tailgate, and super easy too! I love that you can just pop it in the fridge once you're done and you don't have to worry about reheating or anything like that.

  7. This sounds delicious and perfect for tailgating. I'm going to have to make this ASAP for my next football get together. I love that it has cheese cubes in it :)

  8. Yummy, this sounds delicious, easy and perfect for tailgating.

  9. You had me at pasta salad - delicious!

  10. Mmm, you can never go wrong with pasta salad! Love the idea of using tortellini instead of regular noodles!

  11. Yummm I love using tortellini for pasta salad! This recipe is so easy and the addition of salami has my mouth watering :)

  12. I love easy, cold pasta salads. They're so great for parties or tailgating. And they make great leftovers!

    xx, Carly | carly blogs

  13. This looks delish! Tortellini is my favorite pasta and I am sure it would taste so good in a pasta salad! I had a tailgate this weekend, but didn't make anything that looks this good haha!

  14. You had me at salami. And I love cold pasta salads. I'm sold! And I'm saving this for future get togethers!

  15. I love this recipe! We actually have been eating tortellini the last few nights lol

  16. I love a good pasta salad and this one sound delicious! Tortellini is one of my favorite and when you add in cheese and salami, it makes it even better!

  17. Yumm this looks delish! What a great idea and I love the chunks of cheese and salami plus tortellini is so much better than regular boring pasta.

  18. yummy! man I want to come tailgate with you - you and your family do it right!

  19. I love pasta salad! I will def be making this variation!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle