If you have time, try DIY pesto! Combine 2 cups fresh basil, 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. water, 1 clove garlic, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Process or blend until desired consistency.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

30 mins
Max Servings:
8 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse well under cold water; set aside.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

244 calories; total fat 12g; saturated fat 3g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterol 5mg; sodium 474mg; potassium 105mg; carbohydrates 25g; fiber 3g; sugar 2g; protein 9g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 618IU; vitamin c 1mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 62mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 144mg; iron 2mg.

Reviews (5)

73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Rating: 4.0 stars
Great Potluck recipe. I cut in half as it makes quite a lot. Half served 6 people easily with some leftover. I always have most of the ingredients (Costco Pesto) on hand so it's an easy-don't need to go to the store recipe. I did substitute chopped romaine for the arugula for this reason and think that spinach etc. would work well. I did increase the amount of pine nuts and love the idea of other reviewers of adding some chicken to make it a meal in a bowl.
Rating: Unrated
Love this recipe! I added grilled chicken basted with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper...delicious!
Rating: Unrated
This salad was good but i suggest adding red bell pepper for an added layer of flavor, some crunch, and color.
Rating: Unrated
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.
Rating: Unrated
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.