Basil Pesto Pasta
Here is the delicious vegetable pasta I made with my fresh basil pesto. It’s got green peas, broccoli and grape tomatoes that I quickly sauteed before adding them into the pasta. This is a great summer vegetarian dish. I made this with whole wheat pasta too, we have been using white pasta very little.
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Thanks again to OhNuts! for providing me with the pine nuts used in this recipe.
Yield: Serves 4
Basil Pesto Salad Recipe
1 package penne pasta
3 cups broccoli florets (or the broccoli florets from one package of fresh broccoli)
2 cups or 1 small package cherry or grape tomatoes
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1 cup fresh basil pesto
1/4 cup pine nuts
Cook pasta according to package directions, making sure to use kosher salt to season the pasta's cooking water. Preheat a large saute pan and drizzle with olive oil. Add broccoli florets and cherry tomatoes. Cover with a lid and saute over medium just until broccoli gets a vibrant color and tomatoes start to burst. Add peas and just heat through.
Add cooked pasta and pesto to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Add vegetables and pine nuts. Toss well and serve.