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Tonight's Dinner: Marinated Tomato & Mozzarella Tortellini

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No Tomato Sauce Needed

Some heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and a vinaigrette are all you need to make a nice light pasta dish the whole family will enjoy.

Sometimes all I want for dinner is something easy. Something that doesn't take too long and takes little or no brain power to throw together. I usually want a meal like this on the days that I've been running like a chicken without its head or after I've returned from a long relaxing vacation and I'm not quite ready to go back to every day life. It's days like these when a meal like this is ideal. And with so few ingredients, you probably won't have to make a trip to the grocery store. So the next time the idea of slaving over a hot stove for an hour or so turns you cold, grab that package of tortellini you've been saving and whip up this delicious gem.

Marinated Tomato & Mozzarella Tortellini

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • 12 small buffalo mozzarella balls, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, torn
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chicken tortellini

Directions

  1. Mix together the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl and let stand for 10-20 minutes.
  2. While the tomatoes and mozzarella marinate, cook the tortellini according to the package directions; drain. Put the pasta in a large serving bowl. Pour the tomato mixture over the tortellini and toss until well coated. Serve immediately.

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