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Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

Author Morgan


  • 1 lb pasta of choice
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil
  • 1 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1-3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • Optional: cherry tomatoes sundried tomatoes, roasted pepper, fresh mozzarella


  1. Cook pasta as per the directions, then drain, rinse, and toss with a little bit of olive oil to avoid sticking. Allow to cool.
  2. Add all ingredients other than the optional add-ons to a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  3. If needed, add salt and more pepper. Sauce should be thick, but if it's too thick add 1 TBS more oil and process.
  4. Mix pesto with toppings and pasta and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (342 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.