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Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

Sausage, Tortellini, and Italian spices come together perfectly in this Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad.  It’s the perfect pasta salad for your next summer cookout or get-together! 

Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad: Perfect for summer cookouts and potlucks!

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Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

I’m so excited!  We have just a few more days until the kids are out on summer break!!

Even though I still have to work and don’t officially get off for summer, there’s just so much I love about this time of year.  

Summertime in general, just means our schedule is much so more relaxed with afternoons at the pool, vacation time, weekend trips and lots of celebrations with family and friends.  (Plus, when the kids are out of school, I get to sleep later – that extra hour makes all the difference!)

Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad: Perfect for summer cookouts and potlucks!

We kicked our summer celebrations off early last weekend with a trip to Galveston to camp and visit with family.  

We stayed at a great little RV park near the beach and spent a few days having fun on the beach and in the park’s pool and lazy river.  The weather worked out perfectly, (up until the last night when a crazy storm blew through) and we invited our family out to spend a day with us and have an evening cookout.

Everyone’s Favorite Pasta Salad

For the cookout, we served up burgers, brats, sausage, and everyone’s favorite pasta salad.  

This Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad is served cold and is the perfect side dish for any potluck or family get-together.

In fact, it’s one of those recipes that’s even better the longer it has to marinate; so you can definitely put this salad together the night before.

Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad: Perfect for summer cookouts and potlucks!

Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad: Perfect for summer cookouts and potlucks!

Let me know what you think about this Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad

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Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad: Perfect for summer cookouts and potlucks!

Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes plus cooling time
  • Yield: serves 8 to 10 1x
  • Category: sides

Description

Sausage, Tortellini, and Italian spices come together perfectly in this Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad.  It’s the perfect pasta salad for your next summer cookout or get-together!


Ingredients

Scale

Salad Ingredients

  • 8 oz cheese tortellini
  • 4 oz dried bow tie pasta (about a cup)
  • 2 cups chopped Klement’s Smoked Polish Sausage (or whichever Klement’s Sausage you prefer)
  • 1 cup diced mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1cup chopped bell pepper (your favorite color – I went with orange)
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced black olives

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp light olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp each of garlic powder, basil and oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta and tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse. Place in refrigerator until cool
  2. Add dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shake til combined.
  3. Once pasta has cooled completely, add sausage, cheese, vegetables.  Toss together until combined.
  4. Add half the dressing to the salad and combine.  Add additional dressing as needed. (If you make this the night before, the pasta will absorb most of the dressing, so reserve a bit to add just before serving.)
  5. Refrigerate until time to serve.

Notes

  • To save time, you can use your favorite Zesty Italian dressing.
  • This salad is even better when you assemble it the night before, allowing the flavors time to marinate and come together.
  • If serving to children, you might consider leaving out the bell peppers. lol.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8th of recipe

Enjoy!

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10 Comments

  1. We don’t eat tortellini enough, and I just love it so I don’t know why. It’s especially good in a pasta salad like this one!

  2. Yum! Such a great summer side with so many delicious flavors. Looks like a wonderful idea for a picnic or bbq. And I love the new idea for sausage.

  3. I love taking salads to pot lucks and when I do people always want to recipes. I may have to give this one a whirl and see how it goes over.

  4. My belly is growling just look at this delicious meal idea! I need to make it and eat it, hoping the family enjoys it but if not? More for me! Appreciate a new idea on what to make!

  5. Omg can we say yum?!?! This pastylooks absolutely delicious m. Must give it a try!

  6. For the love of yum – this would be a perfect picnic salad! That sausage looks delicious and paired with the tortellini -genius!

  7. Neely Moldovan says:

    I am all in for any kind of pasta! This sounds SO good! I am so hungry!

  8. YUUUUUUUM. I’m not typically a fan of pasta salad because it can be so bland but you’ve gone and proven that pasta salad can be fun, festive, and full of flavor! YuM!

  9. Heather Johnson says:

    I absolutely love pasta salad. I bet even my carnivore brother would eat this with the addition of the sausage.

  10. We love Klement’s sausages in our house! My favorite is their snack sticks, but we also love grilling the sausages. (And the summer sausages are great for snacking too!) Definitely going to try your recipe!