Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

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.

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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 ,
  • 12 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 5 mg chol. ,
  • 474 mg sodium ,
  • 25 g carb. ,
  • 3 g fiber ,
  • 2 g sugar ,
  • 9 g pro.

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Reviews (5)

69 Ratings
491 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.
672 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.
731 Days Ago
Love this recipe! I added grilled chicken basted with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper...delicious!
Susanne Senk 1111 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 1121 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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