Summer is many things to many people, but one thing most of us can agree on is that it is time for backyard parties, barbecues and pitch-ins.  Every year I tend to find one great recipe for bringing to parties and make it again and again, all summer long.  Now having made this tortellini salad with fresh summer veggies and browned butter I can say without a doubt, this will be my staple pitch-in item this year.

This is not the usual tired pasta salad drenched in bottled dressing.  This is pasta salad with a much needed, much deserved update.  It’s fresh, bright, and that magical browned butter that makes everything taste better certainly does its job well here.  The fresh chives are a perfect finishing touch and really bring the dish together, so don’t skip them.  Now, bring on the parties!