Tortellini Skewers


Do you have any holiday parties you’ll be attending in the next few weeks?

If so, there’s a good chance that you’ll be tasked with bringing a dish to share with everyone. I’ve certainly found myself in this position several times already in the last couple of weeks.

Normally I’m more of a baker and jump at the opportunity to make desserts. It’s nice to mix it up, though, and bring something savory every now and then. I had several requirements for my savory hors d’oeuvres including, able to serve cold, pretty presentation, able to eat without silverware, and maintain its freshness and taste for at least a day so that it could be made ahead of time.

Thus the creation of the Tortellini Skewer. Follow along to make your own festive party platter.



1 package tortellinis (or you could make homemade tortellinis)
24 fresh mozzarella balls (often labeled Bocconcini)
24 small tomatoes
24 basil leaves
1 can artichoke hearts (mine were plain, canned in water, but you could certainly use a flavored oil packed jar as well)
24 wooden skewers


Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Once cooked al dente – toss in olive oil and place on an olive oil greased cookie sheet.

Cut up the basil into pieces approximately 1 inch by 1 inch (or any size you like)


Slide ingredients onto the skewer. I think this order produces the nicest color mix:

artichoke heart

When sliding ingredients on, leave about three inches on the bottom of the skewer (so people can easily hold it while eating).


A pesto dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment and is extremely easy to make.

Pesto Sauce Ingredients:

4 Cups Fresh Basil
1/2 Cup Pine nuts
4 Cloves garlic
1 Cup grated fresh Parmesan or Pecorino Romano Cheese
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Put the first four ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend. Add olive oil until it reaches the consistency you desire (about 1/2 to 1 Cup perhaps). Taste and then add salt and pepper.

You can also halve the recipe, because this is more pesto than is needed for the skewers. However, I like to have extra (it freezes and thaws great) and I didn’t want to risk wasting any basil from the package I purchased.


You’re now ready to serve ‘em up and enjoy this festive season.