Pesto Tortellini Gratin


Who needs reality TV – if you could follow Handsome and I around on a mundane Tuesday night, you would never slump to the lows of the Jersey Shore ever again. I promise.

See, we are a sippy cup kind of special. You won’t hear us having thought provoking conversation that would eventually lead to the cure for cancer. No sweet poems would pass our lips with candlelight and music filling the air. No long conversations about the duldrums of one’s job.

Nope. You’d see him chasing me around the house with a spoon covered in macaroni  and have to put up with our 45 minute debate over the validity of the word ‘fishes’ backed by only the song from the commercial for Goldfish crackers. Yeah, we keep it classy in this house.

45 minutes, I kid you not, of “Fishes is not a word.” Followed by “But, I love fissshess cuz their soooo delicious.” Debated with “And how many fishes are in a pond?” Answered by more commercial jingles. ” Yes, we are the worlds most interesting couple – top that Mr. Dos Equis.


Oh, and because I have to be fair, ‘fishes’ is indeed a word. Google says so. A word I was thought to never use, but a word….


Be sure to check out my guest post tomorrow over at Eat Yourself Skinny!


  1. Your nights at home sound awesome. Ours combine TV and weirdness, my hubby and I usually have pretty fierce Wheel of Fortune battles! The gratin sounds delicious and I love your dishes. What a great combo!

  2. i think every couple is a little weird. BF and I have our own language. no joke.

  3. Looks awesome! Love pesto, and REALLY love fontina cheese… great recipe!

  4. Yeah, we’re that kind of couple as well. Amazing what goes on behind closed doors, huh.

    On the other hand, I’m so glad you guys take a break from the absurd long enough to create dishes like this. It’s beautiful.

  5. YUM! That looks amazing…I love pesto and the fact that you paired it with tortellini is fabulous!

  6. That’s amazing… and I love those mini gratines. yummo!

  7. Mmmm, this looks so hearty and delicious, Kita!! I love tortellini and fontina cheese. I think my husband and I are like you and Handsome. We also sit around and have ridiculous conversations, keeps things fun!!

  8. This gratin looks really good. I love the blog post and dinner conversation.

  9. Oh this is just awesome! I love comfort food!

  10. #1. This post cracked me up. Especially The “sippy cup” comment LOL
    #2. I love pasta.
    #3. I love gratins.
    #4. I love that you added them together.
    #5. I need this melty, cheesy dish in my life!

  11. I can totally identify with the 45 min ‘fishes is not a word’ debate. I imagine this gratin puts an end to all argument. Couldn’t possibly speak while tucking into this! Yum.

  12. I’m drooling. This looks AMAZING!

  13. Okay so, a couple things:) First of all, this incorporates so many things I love. Gratins, tortellini, and pesto. On their own, they’re all so incredible. It’s never crossed my mind to combine them, and yet that sounds so PERFECT. Secondly, when I see stuff I like on other people’s blogs that I read, I don’t usually make it. I don’t like repeating recipes or having to give a nod to the person who made it; I prefer inventing my own recipes. However, this sounds so good that I have no choice but to make it! Hope you don’t mind. I will most definitely give you credit. I may cook it sooner or later…just depends.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  14. You sound like the ultimate couple eating an amazing meal together.

    That Pesto Tortellini Gratin really does looks delicious!

  15. It sounds like a fun night at your house – and the recipe is awesome!

  16. This looks amazing! Perfect now that it’s getting colder outside.

  17. I love your style Kita. I’d hang with you any day and sing Goldfish theme songs with you. Pesto gratin looks amazing. This would be great for the holidays coming up!!

  18. If an eye for photography could be taught, I would beg you for lessons. [sigh] But alas, I can just enjoy your photos. Indeed gratin season is upon us, and I can imagine how amazing this smells as it bakes!

    LOL it sounds like you just have casual fun and random conversations. It makes me think of how our family conversates on a daily basis and while it may not result in a hit reality tv show, I’ve been told we are quite entertaining.

    At what age were we taught not to use the word “fishes”? I saw it on a print-out when Tay was in pre-school but now she even says it’s not a word because fish is plural. Soon she will be correcting my blog posts…

    Sorry for the long comment, I guess I had stuff to say! I hope you have an awesome Friday my friend!

  19. OMG! That is hilarious! My husband and I have conversations like that all the time!

  20. I am loving that gratin. Just pass me a bowl full!

    My hubby and I have had some crazy discussions like that, too. You’d think that after almost 25 years, he’d know I am always right (tee hee)

  21. This recipe looks scrumptious! I could definitely go for a dish of this for dinner.

    ps thanks for the kind words left on my blog!

  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies post. I really appreciate the comment.

    This looks like a wonderful recipe. I love the individual dishes of pasta and cheese. Yummy!

  23. Oh, how I love gratins!! This is a great fall dish!!! Nom… nom.. nom…

  24. Classy is overrated. Your gratin looks like just the ticket for a chilly autumn night, and using frozen tortellini is right up my street. Love those individual baking dishes too!

  25. what brand are those adorable dishes??


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