Pesto Pasta Salad

It's probably no secret that I am one festive gal!
And yes, even St. Patrick's Day is a day to remember.


Growing up, my Mom always cooked up an all-green meal for dinner on St. Pat's Day.  We even drank milk colored green with food coloring!  In honor of the Irish, I am always on the look-out for tasty, green foods to serve at my St. Patrick's Day meal.  So for the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite green foods with you!
I have always been a HUGE pasta gal.  Pesto always seemed so complicated to me until I tried this recipe.  It's simple and delicious.  I like it hot or cold.  And doesn't it look just plain cute on bow tie pasta?!
Now that you're craving pesto, I won't make you wait any longer... here is the mouth-watering recipe!
Pesto Pasta Salad
1 package fresh basil (1/2 oz.)
1/3 c. pine nuts
1-2 cloves garlic
1/3 c. olive oil
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
2 T. hot water

In a food processor, combine basil, nuts, and garlic.  Chop fine.  Slowly pour in the olive oil and add cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Thin with 2 Tablespoons of hot water.  Fold into hot pasta and serve.
Thanks for reading, and have a happy day!
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  1. Jackie Koll says

    I've been looking for a good Pesto recipe so I will be trying this one 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  2. Can't wait to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    Mmmmmm… I {heart} me some pesto. I grow basil just so I can make it anytime! Even my kiddo loves pesto!

  4. shopannies says

    just had a great idea this would be perfect for st. patricks day

  5. Beverly @ says

    Yum Alison!! I love pesto – this looks so good!

  6. Anonymous says

    My friend makes the same thing, but she uses tortellini and adds cherry tomatoes and cooked broccoli. Yum!

  7. I can't wait to make this! How much pasta do you make for this?

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