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Quick + simple pesto Tortellini Skewers whip up in minutes for a tasty appetizer perfect for any occasion. They are cheesy and delicious!

Tortellini Skewers make a quick and impressive appetizer. For more party or holiday perfect snacks try our favorite Jalapeno Poppers, Cheese Fondue, or baked Sweet Potato Skins.

Tortellini skewers served on a white platter.

An easy appetizer!

I love an appetizer that whips up in minutes. They are great to have on hand for a quick snack for unexpected company – especially during the holidays.

These Pesto Tortellini Skewers are a perfect appetizer for such occasions!

They literally whip up in minutes, look phenomenal, and taste even better! Tortellini Skewers are made using your favorite tortellini, so get creative.

Tortellini on skewers look great on a platter, and while they are insanely simple, you are sure to impress!

Pest Tortellini Skewers ingredients on a kitchen counter.

10 Minute Appetizer

PASTA. Add water and salt to a large pot and bring to a boil.

Add tortellini and cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until tortellini float to the top. Drain and rinse tortellini.

SAUCE. Add tortellini, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls to a large bowl. Add pesto and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat.

SKEWER. Add a tortellini, tomato, and mozzarella ball to the skewer and repeat one more time to have 6 pieces on each skewer.

ENJOY! Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pasta cooking in a pot for tortellini skewers.

Tortellini Tips

What type of tortellini to use. You can find premade tortellini, or a slightly larger version of tortelloni, in the freezer or refrigerator section at the grocery store.

You can find them made with plain pasta or colored pasta. They are also filled with different ingredients, such as three cheese tortellini, meat tortellini, or spinach ones.

Mixing ingredients for tortellini skewers in a glass bowl.

Variations

Easily change up this recipe to create different variations. Some delicious ideas that you try include:   

  • whole olives
  • roasted red peppers 
  • artichokes
  • julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes, drained 
  • thin sliced prosciutto, salami, or pepperoni 
  • fresh basil leaves
  • chopped grilled chicken
  • drizzle with Italian dressing or balsamic vinegar

More skewer appetizers:

Tortellini skewers piled on a white serving board.

Storing Info

Make ahead of time. Make these a few hours in advance, but not too much longer as the pasta tends to absorb the dressing and dry out. Keep them covered in the fridge for 4-6 hours before serving. 

STORE. Leftover Tortellini Appetizers can be covered and stored for 1-2 days in the fridge.

Close up of mozzarella, tomato and tortellini skewers.

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5 from 13 votes

Tortellini Skewers Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Quick + simple pesto Tortellini Skewers whip up in minutes for a tasty appetizer perfect for any occasion. They are cheesy and delicious!
Servings: 12 skewers
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 20 ounce package refrigerated tri-color tortellini or any type refrigerated tortellini
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 8 ounce package fresh mozzarella balls
  • ½ cup pesto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Bamboo skewers

Instructions 

  • Add water and salt to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add tortellini and cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until tortellini float to the top. Drain and rinse tortellini.
  • Add tortellini, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls to a large bowl. Add pesto and olive oil and toss to coat.
  • Add a tortellini, tomato and mozzarella ball to the skewer and repeat one more time to have 6 pieces on each skewer.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1skewer, Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 300mg, Potassium: 172mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 594IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I fell in love with tortellini all because of your tortellini salad. Now I gravitate to recipes with tortellini and this one with pesto does not disappoint.

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun idea!! I never thought to add tortellini to a skewer. It will be such a hit this weekend!! The pesto adds great flavor!