Pesto Pasta Salad

I made this for a picnic that we went to, easy to prepare, and oh so very yummy!

  • 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta
  • 1 cup fresh pesto
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green olives, or olive tapenade
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted (or fresh if you can get them)
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Several fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped (or a fair amount of dried)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


1 Cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Make sure the water is salted (at least a half teaspoon per quart). Remove pasta from heat and strain when pasta is cooked, but still firm (al dente).

2 Put pasta in a big bowl. Mix in fresh basil pesto, green olives, and pine nuts. Gently mix in cherry tomatoes, peas, fresh basil leaves and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Chill or serve at room temperature.

Serves 6-8.

If you LOVE pesto please try this at home!

( Original recipe: original photography)

I’ll Be Back!

Update: my computer is infected by a virus so I have had to barrow my brother and sister’s laptops, so I have not been able to blog =(. But as soon as my computer is all better I will be back to blogging!

What’s to come…
Rosemary Olive Oil Bread…    …Pesto Pasta Salad…   …Amazing Quiche…     …and more!
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