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Easy Tortellini Caprese Skewers

Tortellini caprese skewers are a delicious appetizer idea featuring tortellini, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

A Tortellini Caprese Skewer being picked up off a serving platter
Tortellini Caprese Skewers
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We are huge fans of Caprese anything.

Appetizer parties are a thing my extended family does.

Christmas?

Bring a snack.

Super Bowl?

Snack.

Since we have some vegetarian family members, we always bring something everyone can enjoy like these tortellini Caprese skewers.

They are easy to put together with almost no actual cooking skill and have the classic tomato, mozzarella, basil combination of Caprese plus pillowy, cheese stuffed tortellini.

Yum!

Ingredients and Kitchen Supplies

Ingredients for Tortellini Caprese Skewers: Tortellini, Cherry Tomatoes, Mini Mozzarella Balls, Basil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Honey
Ingredients for Tortellini Caprese Skewers: Tortellini, Cherry Tomatoes, Mini Mozzarella Balls, Basil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Honey
  • Cheese tortellini– For this, I recommend the kind in the refrigerated section or deli section of the store over frozen tortellini.
  • Cherry tomatoes– No need to even cut them in half!
  • Mozzarella– For this, go for fresh mozzarella pearls or bocconcini. You can find them in the specialty cheese case.
  • Basil- Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic reduction– Balsamic vinegar and honey

Kitchen supplies you’ll need include:

How to Make Caprese Skewers with Tortellini

1. Cook the tortellini.

Cook the tortellini until just tender. Immediately drain the tortellini and let it cool.

2. Assemble the skewers.

Thread the tomato onto a toothpick.
Thread the tomato onto a toothpick.

Thread a cherry tomato onto a toothpick or wooden skewer.

Spear a mini mozzarella ball onto the toothpick after the cherry tomato.
Spear a mini mozzarella ball onto the toothpick after the cherry tomato.

Follow it with a bocconcini ball and a rolled basil leaf.

Place a piece of tortellini on the toothpick after the cherry tomato and mozzarella.
Place a piece of tortellini on the toothpick after the cherry tomato and mozzarella.

Add a piece of tortellini to the other end.

Repeat until you’ve made all the tortellini skewers.

3. Make the balsamic reduction.

the dressing for strawberry salad is done when it coats the back of a spoon
The balsamic glaze is done when it coats the back of a spoon

Whisk the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan over medium low heat.

Let it come to a slow simmer, stirring until the mixture reduces enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the caprese tortellini skewers.

Serve and enjoy!

Storing Leftovers

Two platters with Tortellini Caprese Skewers arranged on them for an appetizer party.
Tortellini Caprese Skewers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

You may want to make a little more balsamic reduction to rehydrate the tortellini a bit.

Caprese Tortellini Skewers Sauce Options

Tortellini Caprese Skewers with balsamic glaze on a white plate
Tortellini Caprese Skewers

You don’t have to make these caprese tortellini skewers with balsamic glaze.

Instead you could drizzle the tortellini skewers with pesto or even serve them with marinara for dipping.

Can I make these ahead of time?

Tortellini Caprese Skewers arranged on a wooden platter without balsamic drizzle or pesto added.
Tortellini Caprese Skewers

You can assemble the skewers ahead of time, but don’t add the balsamic glaze or other sauce until you are ready to serve them.

Tips and Tricks

Tortellini Caprese Skewers with balsamic glaze on a white plate
Tortellini Caprese Skewers
  • The package of tortellini generally includes a 2 minute range for cook time. You want to cook the tortellini on the lower end of the range so it doesn’t fall apart when you skewer it.
  • Let the tortellini cool before you make the skewers.
  • You could use gnocchi instead of tortellini if you prefer.
  • If you are using longer skewers, you can repeat the tomato, mozzarella, basil, tortellini sequence until you are out of room.

Other Caprese Recipes

Two platters with Tortellini Caprese Skewers arranged on them for an appetizer party.
Tortellini Caprese Skewers

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A Tortellini Caprese Skewer being picked up off a serving platter

Tortellini Caprese Skewers

Yield: 25 skewers

Tortellini caprese skewers are a delicious appetizer idea featuring tortellini, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces of refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounces of mozzarella balls or bocconcini
  • Fresh basil leaves

Balsamic Reduction

  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Instructions

  1. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, making sure to follow the shorter cooktime.
  2. Drain the tortellini and let it cool.
  3. Thread a cherry tomato onto a toothpick or wooden skewer.
  4. Follow it with a bocconcini ball and a rolled basil leaf.
  5. Add a piece of tortellini to the other end. Repeat until you've made all the tortellini skewers.
  6. Make the balsamic reduction by whisking the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan over medium low heat.
  7. Let it come to a slow simmer, stirring until the mixture reduces enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  8. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the caprese tortellini skewers.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe will make roughly 25-30 skewers depending on how many pieces of tortellini, how many tomatoes are in the pint, and how many mini mozzarella balls in the container. It's roughly 25 cherry tomatoes in a pint but it may be more or less depending on the size of the tomatoes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 25 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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