DECONSTRUCTED PESTO PASTA SALAD

DSC_6116

How good does it feel when the only direction to a recipe is “combine?” This super simple pasta salad is the perfect foundation to build on.  I took a basic pesto recipe and let those individual ingredients come through, but feel free to add more vegetables, meat, cheese, whatever suits your fancy.  This is a simple, delicious recipe that you can adapt again and again.

DECONSTRUCTED PESTO PASTA SALAD

DECONSTRUCTED PESTO PASTA SALAD

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces orrechiette, cooked, drained, and cooled

3/4 cup ricotta

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup fresh basil, chiffonade

1/2 cup grated parm

1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, combine the orrechiette (or any pasta your like) with the ricotta, garlic, and olive oil.  Stir until the ricotta lightly coats the pasta.  Add the remaining ingredients and gently combine.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “DECONSTRUCTED PESTO PASTA SALAD

  1. Makayla

    Love me some pesto… and pasta! ;) This looks delicious, I’ll have to try it!
    roseylittleme.blogspot.com

    Reply
  2. Todd

    YES!! I was just looking for a pesto pasta salad to make this weekend, and look at what we have here…one of the first places I check :) Thank you Claire!!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>