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Bow Tie Tortellini Pasta Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing

The Best Bow Tie Tortellini Pasta Salad

Bow Tie Tortellini Pasta Salad. Creamy bow tie pasta and cheese-filled tortellini combined with cubes of spicy cheese, crisp veggies and a creamy tangy sauce makes a dreamy summer salad.

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bow tie salad, italian salad, main course salad, side salad, summer salad, tortellini salad, veggie salad
Prep Time 40 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 pound Bow Tie Pasta
  • 1 cup Tortellini Pasta (optional)
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 stalks Green Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Creamy Italian Dressing

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice


Make Bow Tie Pasta Salad

  1. Boil water in a large pan.

  2. Cook your bow tie pasta until al dente.

  3. Once cooked, scoop pasta out of the water, put it in a strainer and run the stainer under cold water to cool the pasta.

  4. Take the remaining water and add about 1/2 cup of cheese tortellini.

  5. Cook the tortellini until al dente and rinse them in cold water.

  6. Cut up veggies (except for peas) and add them to a large salad bowl.

  7. Cube cheese and mix it into the veggies.

  8. Add cooled pasta and tortellini to the bowl and mix them with the veggies.

Make Creamy Italian Dressing

  1. in a small bowl, combine mayo, sugar, mustard, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper and lemon juice.

  2. Pour thawed peas on top of the salad.

  3. Add grated Parmesan cheese over the top.

  4. Refrigerate the pasta salad at least one hour.

Recipe Notes

  • Variations:
  • Roast the veggies for a softer and more intense veggie flavor.
  • Swap out a different cheese -- instead of pepper jack cheese, use swiss cheese for a creamier flavor, cheddar cheese for a sharper flavor, burrata cheese balls for creamy goodness or for more intense flavor use goat cheese or blue cheese.
  • Add protein - to make this dish even better as a main dish, add chicken strips, steak or shrimp!
  • Add fresh herbs from your garden for more flavor.
  • Spice it up by adding some red pepper flakes.
  • Add different veggies -- try swapping out the red peppers for broccoli, or swap out the green peppers for diced red onion.