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Pesto Pasta Salad with Homemade Pesto Recipe

Pesto, so very comforting and refreshing all at the same time, especially when you mix it with chilled pasta.

To make this salad, boil 16 ounces of your favorite pasta. Follow package time for boiling and do not add noodles to water until water comes to a boil.  Drain well when done and rinse with cold water to help chill pasta. Set aside.


This is trottole pasta which is oh so perfectly delightful.

What you will need for the pesto:

  • 7 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounce container of pine nuts
  • 4 ounces of fresh basil (this can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store if you don’t grow your own)
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Pulse garlic and pine nuts together in food processor.

Add remaining ingredients and pulse until well blended.

And just like that, you will have pesto.

Add pesto and 1 cup of mayonnaise to chilled pasta and stir. Add a little salt to taste if desired.


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