Tortellini caprese skewers are a delicious appetizer idea featuring tortellini, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil drizzled with a balsamic glaze.
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We are huge fans of Caprese anything.
Appetizer parties are a thing my extended family does.
Bring a 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.
Ingredients and Kitchen Supplies
- 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:
- Pasta pot or other pot to cook the tortellini
- Small saucepan and whisk
- Toothpicks or longer wooden skewers
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 a cherry tomato onto a toothpick or wooden skewer.
Follow it with a bocconcini ball and a rolled basil leaf.
Add a piece of tortellini to the other end.
Repeat until you’ve made all the tortellini skewers.
3. Make the balsamic reduction.
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!
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
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?
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
- 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
- Fried Mozzarella Caprese– Fried mozzarella meets caprese.
- Strawberry Caprese Salad– Sweet strawberries stand in for tomatoes
- Panzanella Caprese Salad– A salad based on bread and cheese.
- Instant Pot Caprese Pasta– Delicious hot or cold, it’s pasta with all the classic flavor combinations.
- Puff Pastry Caprese Cups– Handheld appetizer portions of Caprese salad sit in buttery puff pastry cups.
- Mini Caprese Skewers– Ditch the tortellini and enjoy a bite sized caprese skewers.
- Shrimp Caprese Pasta– Move over shrimp scampi! Shrimp caprese pasta features plump shrimp along with mozzarella and tomatoes.
- The Best Burrata Caprese Salad– Buttery, cream filled burrata gets substituted for mozzarella in this delicious salad.
- Elegant and Easy Prosciutto Caprese Skewers– Caprese skewers with meat anyone?
- Easy Pesto Caprese Salad (Italian Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Salad)– A classic!
- Burrata Panzanella Salad Recipe– Creamy burrata, toasted bread cubes, and sweet tomatoes. Now that’s a salad!
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- 9 ounces of refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 8 ounces of mozzarella balls or bocconcini
- Fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, making sure to follow the shorter cooktime.
- Drain the tortellini and let it cool.
- Thread a cherry tomato onto a toothpick or wooden skewer.
- Follow it with a bocconcini ball and a rolled basil leaf.
- Add a piece of tortellini to the other end. Repeat until you've made all the tortellini skewers.
- Make the balsamic reduction by whisking 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!
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