Recipes ›

Chicken and Tortellini in Pesto

Chicken and Tortellini in Pesto

Keep a bag of your favorite tortellini in the freezer and a jar of prepared pesto in the pantry and this meal comes together in a hurry. A sprinkle of lemon juice and zest gives it a fresh, bright flavor, even in the depths of winter. Try swapping out the frozen vegetables for a packet of frozen spinach. Just thaw and squeeze out the moisture from the spinach before adding to the cooked, drained pasta along with the pesto. Servings 4. Total time 10 minutes.


1 pound frozen cheese tortellini
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
8 ounces cooked chicken, chopped
1 medium lemon, juiced and zested
1/4 cup pesto sauce
Salt and pepper


  • Boil a large pot of water for the tortellini. Salt the water and add the tortellini and vegetables, and cook according to package directions, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
  • In the same pot, place the drained tortellini and vegetables, chicken, 2 teaspoons lemon zest,1 teaspoon lemon juice and pesto sauce.
  • Toss to coat, and stir gently over medium heat just to warm. Salt and pepper to taste, serve hot.

510 calories, 15 g. fat, 75 mg. cholesterol, 660 mg. sodium, 64 g. carbohydrate, 5 g. fiber, 30 g. protein

Reprinted by permission from Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at