The more years we do this party thing, the smarter I am getting about ONLY serving food that is hostess-friendly. No more chopping all the ingredients for fresh, homemade salsa for 40 people....no more last minute giant batches of guacamole. Who has time for that in the last remaining minutes before the party starts!? Everything I made this year can be prepared in advance, pulled out at the last minute, and left out for a while without the danger of spoilage.
One of my favorites of the day? This Pesto Tortellini Salad with pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, and Parmesan cheese. Plenty of bold flavors that work well together....and a variety of textures so you don't get bored! Not that you would get bored when you're eating it at a party, but that's beside the point.
Pesto Tortellini Salad
2 packages (19 oz. each) frozen cheese tortellini
3/4 c. sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 c. red onion, chopped
1/2 c. prepared pesto (or more to taste)
1 c. fresh shaved parmesan cheese
1. Prepare tortellini according to package instructions. Rinse with cold water and let cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Serve at room temperature.