Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Stress free pasta salad ready in 30 minutes! No-fuss meatless salad perfect for the main course.

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Total Time

30

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

2 1/2
cups uncooked penne pasta (7 1/2 oz)
2
cups bite-size pieces fresh green beans
1
tablespoon pine nuts
1 1/2
cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
1/3
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1
tablespoon fat-free ricotta cheese
1
clove garlic
1/4
cup fat-free chicken broth with 33% less-sodium
4
teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4
cups washed fresh baby spinach leaves
1
pint (2 cups) cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4
cup red wine vinegar
  1. Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt and adding green beans for last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in blender or food processor, place nuts, basil, Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, garlic, broth and oil. Cover; blend on medium speed about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides, until smooth.
  3. In large bowl, mix pasta, green beans, spinach and tomatoes. Add pesto, vinegar and reserved 1/4 cup cooking water; toss to coat.
Makes 6 servings (about 2 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Betty Tip:
This is a great meatless main dish, but if you like, stir in 1 1/2 cups of shredded cooked chicken or a 7-ounce can of tuna, drained and flaked.
Try arugula or field greens instead of the spinach, or chopped cooked broccoli or cauliflower instead of the green beans.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 250
    • (Calories from Fat 60),
  • Total Fat 7g
    • (Saturated Fat 2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 150mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g
    • (Dietary Fiber 4g,
    • Sugars 4g),
  • Protein 11g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.