Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Pesto Pasta Salad

There are thousands of different recipes for pasta salad out there, maybe even hundreds of thousands….this is mine. It’s quick. It’s simple. It tastes good. Isn’t that all that really matters?

Pasta Pesto Salad

Printable recipe
1 pound Farfalle
2 small can’s sliced olives
1 pound of Monterey Jack cut into small cubes
1 small container of grape tomatoes cut in half
1 small red onion, sliced
Fresh basil and parsley, finely chopped
½ cup pesto (you may need a smidge more)

Boil up you pasta and cook it until it’s very al dente. There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than soggy pasta salad. Drain the pasta and while it’s still hot stir in the pesto. Add all the other ingredients and lightly toss. Refrigerate. You might find after it sits in the fridge and soaks up all the pestoey goodness that you might have to add a little more.

My pesto came from the freezer. I made it with last years crop of basil and froze it in small containers. If you don’t want to make your own pesto, you can find it at any of the major food warehouses (Sam’s, BJ’s, etc).


krysta said...

Yours looks really fresh and simple perfect when it's going to be a 103 today! Yummy.

Anonymous said...

You're right, as long as it's good, it's all that matters. Personally, I think almost anything with some fresh basil, cheese and olive oil is great!

Julanne said...

Thanks for the recipe, I am going to make it this weekend for a group of ladies. I am so inspired by your blog. Thanks for sharing your love of food and family.