Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pesto Pasta Salad

Here is Lisa's recipe for Pesto Pasta Salad.  It was a huge hit!
My only warning is that this recipe makes enough salad to feed a small nation.  That nation will have happy tastebuds, though.
Pesto Pasta Salad
 2 lbs farfalle pasta (bowtie)
2 T olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 to 2 cups of shredded Parmesan cheese
4-5 cups of pesto (get that at Costco..delish!)
1/4 cup of lemon juice (or juice from 1/2 a lemon)
small amount of mayo - less than a cup (if you're disturbed by mayo,  don't fear.  You don't even notice it, and it helps the pesto stick to the pasta.)
a bag of baby spinach leaves (trim stems)
1 cup pine nuts (or more) 
grape tomatoes - optional, but makes it more colorful and yum
Cook pasta al dente (11 -12 min) Drain and put in large bowl. Toss with garlic and 2 T olive oil. Let cool. Mix in cheese to taste. Mix pesto sauce with lemon juice and a small amount of mayo (to help it stick to the pasta) and mix with the pasta. Add spinach leaves, pine nuts and tomatoes. Serves about 16-18. Refrigerate. DELISH!

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