Cardinals: Cheese and pesto tortellini with arugula salad

May 27, 2022

This is the way to go if you want an easy, quick, and filling dinner. You don’t have to travel to Italy to enjoy this meal in the comfort of your own home. In this dish we have a colorful array of different ingredients. Your Italian grandmother may not approve of this dish, but we will enjoy it anyway. These tortellini are filled with soft cheese and topped with flavorful pesto. Add a side salad and you have yourself a whole meal.

Start time 10:25

Started cook time: 10:30

End time: 10:55


  • 1 chicken breast, grilled and sliced
  • 1 bag Italian salad blend
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 4 stems of parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • 1 tsp of rosemary
  • 2 containers of tri-colored tortellini
  • ¾ container of pesto
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinaigrette


  • Heat the chicken breast in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • Chop up the chicken breast into smaller pieces and put them in a large bowl
  • Empty the Italian salad blend into a separate large bowl
  • Dice the red onion and add it into the bowl of salad mix
  • Chop the cherry tomatoes in fourths then add into the salad mix
  • Fill a large pot with water, then set the stove to medium heat. Lightly salt the water then wait until it boils
  • Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into the bowl of chicken
  • Take the parsley leaves off the stems and dice them into small pieces before placing half of it into the same bowl as the chicken and the other half in a separate bowl
  • Add a pinch of thyme and rosemary into the bowl with the chopped-up chicken
  • Add in the 2 containers of tortellini and let it cook for no longer than 2 minutes
  • Strain the water out of the tortellini then add into a large bowl
  • Mix the tortellini with the chicken, add in ¾ of the pesto container, and add some parsley into the bowl
  • Add the red wine vinaigrette to the bowl with the salad
  • Serve!


Taste- 6.5

Mouth feel/consistency- 6.4

Smell- 5.2

Visual appeal- 7.4

Creativity- 4.2