Tortellini. It’s one of my easy go-to pasta dishes for lunch time. It’s easy to cook at home. It’s perfect packed in the lunch box for a warm version of it at school, and it gets even better the longer that you leave it in the fridge (for leftovers the next day).
Easy Kid-Pleasing Warm Tortellini Salad
1 package of refrigerated cheese tortellini pasta
1 tablespoon greek seasoning
generous splashes of olive oil
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups of sliced cucumber
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, sliced or shredded but fresh
Cook the tortellini and drain. Put it into a bowl while it’s still warm and drizzle with olive oil. Add the greek seasoning, the crushed red pepper flakes, the cucumber and parmesan cheese and toss together.
Serve it warm, or immediately put it into lunch containers to serve later.
It Doesn’t Get Easier than This
When it comes to this pasta, you can cook it under ten minutes – or five, if you’ve got the water boiled and ready to go. It’s the perfect versatile pasta, and you can mix it up based on what you have in the pantry. You can sub the cucumbers for tomatoes, and use a bit of pesto sauce to create a delicious italian version. We’ve even used salad dressing in the fridge to dress the warm salad, serving it with pitas and cut up vegetables for an easy, easy dinnertime on the go.
Tip: We buy the tortellini from Costco when it’s on sale and keep a couple of packages in the refrigerator and freezer for those times when I’m just not sure what to make for dinner. It’s an easy thing to have on hand and you can mix it up with spices, seasonings and sauce options.