Babysitter Approved: A Date Night Dinner for the Kids

Looking for an alternative to ordering pizza or leaving out a box of mac & cheese the next time you have a babysitter coming over for the evening? This meal takes the same amount of time to prepare, but delivers a healthier alternative that is just as popular with kiddos. I always have a package of Trader Giotto’s Cheese Tortellini in my fridge or freezer for nights when my middle school age children need to make dinner for themselves. Anyone with the ability to boil water on the stovetop will be able to prepare this quick and easy dinner that will be ready to serve in under 20 minutes.

Tortellini with Pesto and Tomatoes

serves 2-3



  • 1 package Trader Joe’s Tortellini
  • 1/4 cup pesto (I use this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half


Cook tortellini according to package instructions. While pasta is cooking, slice grape tomatoes in half, lengthwise. Drain pasta. Toss pesto with tortellini. Add sliced grape tomatoes. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

 Hint: Fresh pesto is quick and easy to prepare. I like this recipe. It is simple enough for my kiddos to prepare independently. If you would prefer to buy pre-made pesto, this imported basil pesto from Costco is a great one to keep in your refrigerator and use for a variety of recipes.

Whether you are on the hunt for a weeknight meal that can be made in a jiffy or a date night dinner for the kids that a babysitter with minimal of kitchen skills can master, this recipe for tortellini with pesto and tomatoes will fit your needs.

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