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Tri-color tortellini in a white bowl tossed with Thai pesto sauce

Tri-Color Tortellini with Thai Pesto Sauce

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5 from 6 reviews

I'm all in for easy dinners, especially this Tri-Color Tortellini with Thai Pesto Sauce. This Asian mashup uses ready-made, fresh tortellini pasta with my fragrant Thai pesto sauce recipe with tons of fresh herbs. Perfect for those super busy weeknights! 

  • Total Time: 17 min
  • Yield: 4 1x


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For the Thai Pesto Sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh Thai basil (or regular basil)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Pasta:

  • 1 pound frozen or fresh tri-color cheese tortellini
  • Teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese


  1. To make the Thai pesto sauce: Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil to form a paste. Taste for seasoning. Store pesto in the fridge or freeze until ready to use.
  2. To make the tortellini: Fill a large sauce pot with water, add about a teaspoon of salt and bring to a rolling boil. Add in the tortellini and cook about 5 minutes, or until soft to the taste but not mushy. Strain in a colander reserving about ¼ cup of the pasta water.
  3. To assemble: In a large serving bowl, toss the tortellini, pasta water, and Thai pesto sauce together until fully incorporated. Top with the shredded parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil if desired. Serve while hot.


  • You can pre-make the Thai pesto and refrigerate for up to four days, or freeze the pesto and defrost when ready to use.
  • The tortellini should take about 5 to 7 minutes to cook so watch it carefully so as not to overcook!
  • The tortellini will be done when it's soft and pillowy, but not mushy.
  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 7 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 574
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 1507.4 mg
  • Fat: 29.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 57.2 g
  • Protein: 21.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 54.8 mg