Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad
Yes, this really is the PERFECT pesto pasta salad to make anytime of the year. The colors are beautiful and the flavors please the palate.
Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Basil Pesto Ingredients
Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano Cheese
pine nuts or walnuts
Pesto Pasta Salad
frozen or fresh
green olives or olive tapenade
fresh basil leaves
Basil Pesto Directions
Combine the pine nuts and basil in a food processor with a few pulses.
Add the garlic and pulse a bit more.
Slowly add olive oil in a slow stream while pulsing in the food processor.
Make sure you scrape the walls of the food processor to get all ingredients properly mixed in.
Add the cheese and pulse until nicely blended.
Basil Pesto Pasta Salad Directions
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Make sure its not too soft.
Strain pasta and then run cold water through it for a bit until it is cooled down.
Put the pasta in a big bowl. Mix in the fresh basil pesto, green olives, and pine nuts.
Add the cherry tomatoes, chopped fresh basil leaves, peas, and olive oil.
Add salt and pepper to taste and place in the fridge to chill for one hour.
Recipe Credit: The Best of Life Magazine (BestofLifeMag.com)