1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
1 (10 ounce) cont. grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 (6 ounce) can medium black olives, drained, sliced in half lengthwise
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (20 ounce) package cheese-filled egg tortellini, cooked al dente, drained (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup olive oil, more if needed
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, the kind in the can
1 (8 ounce) jar basil pesto
1/2 teaspoon salt, more if needed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
8 ounces half of a 1 lb. box rotini pasta, cooked al dente, drained
Cook pastas, set aside to drain and cool a bit.
In large bowl or punch bowl, add rest of ingredients, folding gently til well mixed.
Gently fold in pastas well.
Adjust seasoning to taste, meaning, add more salt, parmesan, etc., til you like it.
Serve immediately, or refrigerate.
*If you make this say a day ahead of time, you’ll need to “refresh” this. Just add a bit more olive oil, salt and parmesan before serving.
This salad is best, though, room temp, or even slightly warm.