Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

The key to this easy dish is a quality pesto. If you have a few extra minutes, make your own: In a food processor combine 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, 1/4 cup grated Parmiagiano-Reggiano cheese, 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, 2 Tbsp. water, 1 clove garlic, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and freshly ground pepper. Process until desired consistency.

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  • Makes: 10 servings
  • Makes: 8 cups
  • Prep: 30 mins

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse well under cold water; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl stir together pesto, vinegar, and salt. Add beans, cooked macaroni, arugula, half of the cheese, and half of the pine nuts. Toss well. Serve at once or cover and chill up to 6 hours. Top with remaining cheese and pine nuts before serving.
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Nutrition Facts (Italian Pesto Pasta Salad)

  • Per serving:
  • 244 kcal cal.,
  • 12 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 5 mg chol.,
  • 474 mg sodium,
  • 25 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 2 g sugar,
  • 9 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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65 Ratings
103 Days Ago
4.0
Just made this using cavitapi and a rotisserie chicken chopped up. What a hit with both me and my hubby! I used a good store bought pesto for covienience.

Made a lot, so would be a good potluck dish.
284 Days Ago
This was great. I used cheese tortellini instead of macaroni and this made this even more of a meal Since we had non- bean eaters, I substituted shelled edamame. Everyone loved it.
343 Days Ago
Love this recipe! I added grilled chicken basted with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper...delicious!
Susanne Senk 724 Days Ago
This salad was good but i suggest adding red bell pepper for an added layer of flavor, some crunch, and color.
Miranda-Jason Nesbitt 733 Days Ago
My parents are vegetarians and I was looking for a healthy summer salad to bring to my dads birthday that was alittle different. I mixed spinach in with the arugula. They loved it so much they ask me to bring it every time I come.

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