This is a delicious, easy dish to make for all those summer BBQs you plan on attending! The original recipe was quite high in calories, fat, and sodium, and I was able to significantly lighten it up without sacrificing the taste!
Pesto Pasta Salad with Parmesan and Peas
fusilli pasta, 12 oz
bow tie pasta, whole wheat, 12 oz
extra virgin olive oil, 1.5 Tbsp
pesto (jarred or homemade), 3/4 cup
frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry, 10 oz
lemon juice, fresh-squeezed, 3 Tbsp
light mayo, 8 Tbsp
plain greek yogurt, 6 oz
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, 1/3 cup
frozen peas, defrosted, 1 1/2 cups
pine nuts, 1/3 cup
kosher salt, 1/2 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground, 3/4 tsp
Step by step
- Cook the fusilli and bow tie pasta separately (different cooking times) in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 to 12 minutes, until pasta is cooked to your liking.
- Drain and toss into a bowl with olive oil.
- Cool, tossing every once in awhile to prevent noodles from sticking together.
- In food processor or blender, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice.
- Add the mayo and yogurt, puree.
- Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta and add the Parmesan, peas, pine nuts, salt, and pepper.
- Mix well, season to taste, and serve at room temperature. (Also tastes great right out of the fridge!)
Total Fat 16.9 g
Saturated Fat 2.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Cholesterol 9.4 mg
Sodium 406.9 mg
Potassium 140.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.9 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 2.5 g
Protein 11.4 g
Vitamin A 39.3 %
Vitamin B-12 1.9 %
Vitamin B-6 3.1 %
Vitamin C 11.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.9 %
Calcium 16.1 %
Copper 5.2 %
Folate 7.8 %
Iron 16.9 %
Magnesium 7.6 %
Manganese 29.3 %
Niacin 7.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 9.0 %
Riboflavin 7.7 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 5.5 %
Zinc 4.1 %
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Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.
Category: Salads, Side Dishes
About Lissa: Melissa is the Co-Founder of Shrinking Kitchen and the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans She has been married for a dozen years and is mother to five children (15,13, 9 and 9 and a foster baby!). Melissa has a love/hate relationship with food (okay, mostly candy) and cooking. This isn't improved by the fact that her husband, the true family chef, works in another city half the year, leaving Melissa to figure out how to feed her growing family something other than Pop-Tarts. Melissa loves her camera, enjoys traveling, kickboxing, creating beautiful things she finds on Pinterest, and planning her dream home that will be built… someday.
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