Summer Veggie Tortellini Salad with Browned Butter

As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I needed to make it soon! I recently learned about the magic of browned butter in desserts, so I was intrigued to see its use in this dish. The combination of cheese tortellini and fresh veggies is a winner by its own right, but the brown butter takes it up a notch! This light and refreshing dish is perfect for summer, and a great change from the traditional Italian dressing pasta salad. Not only is this dish great fresh, but it was just as good the next few days. I am not normally a big fan of leftovers, but I happily ate this until it was gone!

Summer Veggie Tortellini Salad with Brown Butter

As a side note, don’t you just love this Pyrex dish? I was baking coookies at Andy’s mom’s house when we were home and mentioned how much I liked her Pyrex mixing bowl. She asked if I had any Pyrex bowls (I only have 1 mixing bowl) and pulled a beautiful 4 piece nesting bowl set out of the top of her cabinets. She hadn’t used them in awhile so she gave them to me. I love the colors and the pattern and have used them so many times in the last few weeks!! What is it about vintage Pyrex that is so alluring? :)

summer veggie tortellini salad with browned butter

Summer Veggie Tortellini Salad with Browned Butter

20 oz fresh cheese tortellini
8 T butter
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 ears of corn, husked
½ cup peas, frozen and thawed
Small handful of chives, minced
Shaved Parmesan cheese, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Cook tortellini according to package directions.

2. Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Let melt and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter is a deep golden brown color (be careful not to burn it).  Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Halve the grape tomatoes.  Cut the corn kernels from the cobs.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the tortellini, tomatoes, corn, peas and browned butter.  Toss gently to combine.  Stir in the chives and shaved Parmesan.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Enjoy!!!

Source: Annie’s Eats

Posted by at July 26, 2013
Filed in category: Food, Main Dish, Side Dish,

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