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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad



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This fast pasta dish is easy to prep and makes for a nice quick, family-friendly, weeknight dinner. You can top it with chicken to give it a little extra staying power, but it also works well as a lunch salad, or to bring to a potluck as a side dish. We like to use fiber-packed chickpea pasta, but whole wheat is a tasty substitution.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine spinach, basil, cheese, garlic, pepper, kosher salt, and 3 tablespoons of the oil in a mini food processor. Process until mostly smooth, about 10 seconds, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Set aside.

Step 2

Cook pasta in a stockpot according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Transfer pasta to a colander; drain and rinse with hot water.

Step 3

Return pot to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and tomatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes start to soften and skins split slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add pasta; cook, stirring often, until warmed through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add spinach mixture and 1/4 cup of the pasta water to tomato-pasta mixture; toss gently. Add more pasta water if necessary. Sprinkle with parsley, pumpkin seeds, and flaky sea salt; toss gently. Serve immediately.


Watch the video: Basil Pesto Recipe (August 2022).