Friday, July 6, 2012

Pesto Pasta Salad

I am going to make this pasta salad all the time. I am so glad I found it. It's perfect for barbecues, family gatherings, picnics, and even brunch. Recipe is courtesy of Cuisine at Home.

1 lb. dry penner pasta
2 cups frozen green peas

1/2 cup purchased refrigerated pesto (I used Buitoni basil pesto)
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Stir in:
4 cups fresh baby spinach (could also use arugula for a little peppery bite)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

Toast pine nuts in a stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Stir and toss until pine nuts are golden brown and fragrant. Set aside.

Cook penne in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; add peas during the last three minutes. Transfer penne and peas to a bowl of ice water; drain well.

Whisk together pesto, lemon juice, olive oil, zest and garlic in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Stir in penne, peas, spinach, Parmesan, pine nuts; season with salt and pepper.

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