Pesto Tortellini with Cherry Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken – It doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious

Pesto Tortellini with Cherry Tomatoes


Make it simple.

This is almost always my motto when it comes to dinner.

You really don’t need a recipe for this.  And you’ve probably made a version of it for your family many times.  But sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder of easy meals.

Enter this Pesto Tortellini with Grilled Chicken.

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Pesto Bruschetta Spread

Lately, we’ve fallen into a lovely routine of family dinners after church.  Even though all of our kids still live at home, the oldest two are busy with work, school and activities.  We often don’t see our daughter for several days, other than passing each other at breakfast.  And our son, who is a senior in high school is often working or busy with other things.

Family dinners are much rarer than they used to be.

But lately, we’ve all been home for Sunday lunch after church.  Most weeks, our daughter’s boyfriend joins us too.  I love having everyone gathered around the table, catching up with each other.

Last Sunday, I decided to try out a new slow cooker recipe for an Italian style chicken dish (recipe coming soon).  This Pesto Bruschetta Spread seemed the perfect thing to serve with it.

Everyone loved it!  It’s creamy and full of flavor, thanks to the PHILADELPHIA Creamy Pesto Cooking Creme.  The tomatoes on top were a perfect pairing with the pesto and cheese.  They’re big enough that the picky people could dip around them, leaving more for the tomato lovers.

This was quick to make, which made it doable for after church.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]


Pesto and Crushed Tomato Shells – 3 Ingredients, 15 Minutes

So I just read the title and it is a bit misleading.  This recipe contains no shell of tomato, crushed or otherwise.

It does have pesto, crushed tomatoes and pasta shells.  And that’s it, except the mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top.  Because you know how I can’t resist cheese.

15 minutes, start to finish and that includes time to boil the water.  Throw a salad at it and call it dinner, and a good one too.

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Pesto Tomato Pizza

pesto tomato pizza done

There may not be anything original about this, but it’s one of my favorite summer suppers.  And it only takes minutes to put together.  My kids aren’t big fans of tomatoes, so for them I make a cheese pizza or use cooked sausage that I’ve frozen.  Either way, everybody is happy and dinner is fast.

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Pesto Tomato Ravioli

This is one of those embarrassingly easy meals.  But it’s also good, so I’ll share it with you.  All my kids love pesto sauce and pasta, so we ate this up.  You only need 3 ingredients and long enough to boil the ravioli and you’ll have dinner on the table. [Read more…]

Cheese Ravioli with Pesto, Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken

Cheese Ravioli with Pesto

Oh, this was good.  The freshly made pesto, sweet sauteed red peppers and onions, creamy cheese ravioli and grilled chicken were divine together.  I wish you could smell it, because it was just heavenly.  It was also super easy and quick to make.  I don’t have an ingredient picture for you this time, though.  Even while the ravioli was cooking, I was still deciding what would go into the dish.

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