These Antipasti Pesto Tortellini Skewers are ready in just 20 minutes and are easily prepped the night before making them an easy addition to lunchboxes or an after-school snack that kids are sure to love.

Antipasti Tortellini Skewers

I can’t believe it, but Back To School season is upon on. Whether you did distance learning or traditional school or a combination of the two, this year is bound to look a little different. I know my kids are looking forward to being back in school and spending time with their friends, but back to school also means preparing for back to school.

Preparing for back to school means getting back into the routine of meal planning, meal-prepping and back to school lunches.

We are all about making that dinner time rush and lunch packing chaos a little bit easier, and that’s why we love these Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers.

Easy Pesto Antipasti Tortellini Skewers

Here are a few more reasons why we love this easy pesto tortellini skewer recipe

  • The skewers hold up well in the refrigerator, so they can be made ahead of time and added to lunchboxes or served as an easy snack throughout the week.
  • They are easy enough that the kids can make them (just watch with the boiling water!).
  • The kids can help assemble the skewers.
  • Adults love them too.
  • These skewers are very versatile. Great for serving at picnics, holiday gatherings.
Pesto Tortellini Skewers

Other serving suggestion

While we all love eating off of skewers, sometimes a pasta salad is what you are looking for. Serve these deconstructed for a delicious tortellini pasta salad.

Best Antipasti Tortellini Skewers

Key Ingredients

  • Tortellini
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Protein – we used salami
  • Cheese
  • Pesto
Tasty Antipasti Tortellini Skewers

Easy Substitutions Or Additions

  • Pick a different protein. Cubed chicken and sliced turkey would also be nutritious options.
  • Skip the meat to make these vegetarian-friendly.
  • Use a different colored tortellini for an extra fun skewer. We used tricolor cheese tortellini.

Pro Luncbox Packing Tip: If you aren’t sure your kiddos will like the pesto, pack it on the side. Be sure to include some fruit for a well-balanced meal. We love Crispy Green Snacks and Bee Sweet Citrus mandarins.

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Easy Antipasti Tortellini Skewers FAQs

Q: How long does it take to make Antipasti Tortellini Skewers?
A: Antipasti Tortellini Skewers take 10 minutes total time – 2 minutes prep time and 8 minutes cook time.

Q: What are the main ingredients in Antipasti Tortellini Skewers?
A: The main ingredients are mixed tortellini, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salami, olive oil, and pesto.

Q: What meat substitution is suggested for the Antipasti Tortellini Skewers?
A: Suggested meat substitutions are cubed chicken or sliced turkey. Or skip it entirely to make the skewers vegetarian-friendly.

Q: How can I pack these Easy Antipasti Tortellini Skewers in my kid’s lunch?
A: We recommend packing the pesto on the side because kids may not like it. Other than that we suggest adding as many skewers in a food safe plastic container that you think your child would eat at lunch.

Q: Can I use a different type of tortellini for the skewers?
A: Yes! The great thing about this recipe is you can use whatever tortellini you like. Whether that’s cheese stuffed, or plain, or something else entirely, you can make this dish your own.

Let’s make these yummy tortellini skewers!

How to make Pesto Antipasti Tortellini Skewers
Pesto Antipasti Tortellini Skewers

Easy Pesto Antipasti Tortellini Skewers

These easy antipasti pesto tortellini skewers are ready in just 10 minutes making them the perfect addition to lunchboxes, a yummy snack or easy meal option.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Lunchbox Ideas
Calories 1521 kcal


  • 9 oz package mixed tortellini
  • 1 cup NatureFresh cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese cubed
  • 8 salami sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pesto


  • Cook tortellini according to package instructions.
  • Once cooked and drained, drizzle with olive oil, toss and set aside. 
  • Thread tortellini, cherry tomatoes, salami, and cubed mozzarella onto 6” bamboo skewers
  • Drizzle with pesto to taste or serve on the side


Add more pesto if desired.
Adding the olive oil to the tortellini after cooking keeps them from sticking.
These are delicious served warm or cold.
Feel free to leave out the skewers and serve as a yummy pasta salad.


Calories: 1521kcalCarbohydrates: 121gProtein: 70gFat: 84gSaturated Fat: 27gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 3383mgPotassium: 640mgFiber: 11gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1712IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 718mgIron: 9mg
Keyword cold lunch, easy lunch, easy recipes, pasta
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