Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

I don’t really eat a lot of pasta but this salad is so yummy. This recipe is a healthier choice because I use greek yogurt for the creaminess. It paired nicely with the pan fried chicken I made tonight for dinner.

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box of pasta (your choice)
  • 1 handful of grape tomatoes (halved) or cut tomatoes (your choice)
  • 1 container of Fage greek plain yogurt
  • 1 container of pesto
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts (optional)
  • 1 handful of chopped fresh basil
  • 1 bunch of fresh arugula or spinach
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Cook pasta, rinse under cool water and drain
  • In a large bowl mix the pesto, yogurt, parmesan , salt, pepper, and stir well
  • Add the pasta and mix thoroughly
  • Add the basil, mozzarella balls, pine nuts, arugula or spinach and mix carefully
  • Add olive oil and mix well
  • This can be served at room temperature or cold

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Easy Dinners – Baked Halibut and Pasta Salad

My daughter loves Hawaiian pasta salad. The creaminess of the mayo and milk and tartness of the white wine vinegar give the pasta a great flavor.

I don’t always cook everything from scratch every night, I don’t have the time. So, i get help from some frozen foods or cooked items from the grocery store and add in a homemade dish.

I still have some fresh corn, chives and tomatoes i picked up from the farmers market on Sunday. I decided to use those in my pasta salad tonight to pair with the Trader Joe’s Halibut. You can really use any veggies you wish. Traditional Hawaiian pasta salad just has carrots and onion.

I like to pair these together, you don’t need any tarter sauce for the fish.

Creamy Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box of pasta (I like to use elbows or macaroni)
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup of fresh corn (cooked and taken off the husk)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup of white onion (optional)
  • 1 cup of Mayo (you can use less if you wish)
  • 2 tablespoons of half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (or 2 depending on taste) of white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

Mix the mayo, cream, vinegar, salt and pepper together.

Add all veggies

Add Pasta

Stir together well

Enjoy

preparing corn
preparing corn

Pasta Salad ingrediants
Pasta Salad ingredients

Pasta salad dressing
Pasta salad dressing

Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!
Trader Joes Halibut is awesome!

Halibut and Pasta Salad
Halibut and Pasta Salad