Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta

July 12, 2012 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Since moving to Texas [cue crashing lighting and horses neighing alla Frau Blücher] , Hisa and I have discovered a great lunch place: La Madeleine French Cafe. It’s a chain cafe, but has great food. My only complaint is that they’re always so loud, but, I dunno, maybe they’re going for authentic busy French bistro atmosphere? Either way, the food is good.

One of their side dishes, is this pesto pasta salad that’s incredibly good. I decided to try and make my own version of it, and here’s what I came up with. It’s not an exact match, but still a pretty darn good pasta salad if I do say so myself! I added ham to mine, but feel free to leave it out if you want a vegetarian version.

Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad

(serves 8 – 10 as a side dish)

  • 16 oz. pasta (fusilli or bow-tie)
  • 8 Tbsp. sundried tomato pesto
  • 1/2 c. diced cherry tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c. fresh baby spinach, diced
  • 1/2 c. green onions, diced
  • 4 Tbsp. Caesar dressing
  • 1/2 c. cubed ham (optional)

Cook pasta according to packages instructions. Drain and add to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.


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