Sat, Jan 20, 2018 – by RedPlum

Minty Pesto Pasta Salad

Minty Pesto Pasta Salad 1

Looking for a super easy, use-it-up recipe? Well, odds are you have most of these ingredients on hand. Enjoy this refreshingly simple pesto pasta salad as a delicious side or lunch.

Prep Time: 10 min. | Cook Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 25 min. | Serves: 5


  • 1 box corkscrew pasta
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh mint leaves
  • 1 box frozen peas
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 3 c. shredded leftover chicken
  • toasted pine nuts


  1. Prepare pasta as package label directs. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine mint leaves, peas, Parmesan and salt; pulse until finely chopped. With motor running, pour in oil and water in a slow, steady stream until mixture is pureed and pesto is thick.
  2. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot; add pesto and shredded chicken. Pour reserved pasta cooking water into the empty food processor or blender and swirl to loosen any remaining pesto; add to pasta mixture and toss to combine. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and more Parmesan cheese, if you like.


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