Veggie Pesto Pasta Salad

Make this delicious veggie pesto pasta salad for your next pot luck dish.

You’re going to love this veggie pesto pasta salad I made using a recipe from the latest issue of All You Magazine. I teamed up with the magazine {available at Food Lion stores} to try out the recipe and share it here with you guys. It turned out delicious and I love that it’s packed with sliced peppers and gets some extra protein from the beans added.

Obviously I love to find recipes online, but I also LOVE to get them from books and magazines too. That way I can set it on the counter while I’m working, make notes on the pages after I’ve tasted, and even cut out the page to put into my binder of collected recipes {I have 4 full binders I’ve been curating for years}. All You is one of those magazines I’ve been grabbing at the checkout for years because it’s full of tidbits of information, recipes, and coupons. Inside this issue was a grilled veggie pesto pasta salad that looked and sounded yummy.  I decided to make it my self, but with a few tweaks to fit our lifestyle

Add this to your potluck repertoire or cookout side dish list!
This veggie pesto pasta salad is great for summer cookouts or weekend pot luck dinners.veggie pesto pasta salad ingredients

Veggie Pesto Pasta Salad

  • 3 cups Whole Grain Pasta {spirals, farfalle, elbows, or penne}, cooked
  • 1 each red and yellow bell pepper
  • 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 7 oz. jar prepared pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil

Cut peppers into strips and toss with olive oil until lightly covered. Saute peppers over medium heat for about 5 minutes until tender, but not soft.

Add peppers to cooked pasta, along with beans and pesto. Toss to combine well.

Stir in cheese, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving so flavors can marry.

I love pesto so I loved this pasta salad. Since we’re moving in 2 weeks we’ve gotten rid of our old grill so no summer grilling for us.  Instead I sauteed the peppers on the stove top and that worked perfectly well for this.  I enjoyed the addition of beans because a bit of protein is great to balance out the nutritional value – you could also add cooked chicken if you like.

If you’re a fan of pasta salads try my classic version here, or this one with a Thai flavor twist.

This delicious veggie pesto pasta salad is great for family meals or serving guests.

 
 

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