Pesto Pasta Salad


I made this for a picnic that we went to, easy to prepare, and oh so very yummy!

  • 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta
  • 1 cup fresh pesto
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green olives, or olive tapenade
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted (or fresh if you can get them)
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Several fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped (or a fair amount of dried)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

1 Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Make sure the water is salted (at least a half teaspoon per quart). Remove pasta from heat and strain when pasta is cooked, but still firm (al dente).

2 Put pasta in a big bowl. Mix in fresh basil pesto, green olives, and pine nuts. Gently mix in cherry tomatoes, peas, fresh basil leaves and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Chill or serve at room temperature.

Serves 6-8.

If you LOVE pesto please try this at home!

( Original recipe: http://elise.com/recipes/archives/001996pesto_pasta_salad.php original photography)

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One thought on “Pesto Pasta Salad

  1. Thanks for the recipe. Using the bow ties always looks cute. Nice to see the tomatoes and peas. I usually have some frozen organic mixed vegetables that I add into something like this, just to get a serving of vegetables in whenever possible.

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