Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pesto Pasta Salad

I made this for a recent family gathering and it was a great side dish, but really could be a main course item if you wanted! I found a similar recipe on the Pioneer Woman (love her) and made mine my own based on what I had on hand.

Pesto Pasta Salad
1 box penne noodles
1/2 cup prepared pesto (or make your own!)
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk (or maybe a little more for thinning)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces (I used the jarred kind packed in oil). 
1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles 

Cook your noodles according to package directions, drain and rinse with cool water. Drain again and set aside (try to make sure they aren't still really "wet" when you add the dressing). To make dressing, whisk together pesto, parmesan, mayo and sour cream. Slowly add milk to your desired consistency, or until it's a good "salad dressing" consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix dressing with cold noodles. Add chopped sundried tomatoes. Top with crumbled goat cheese. Mix together gently. Add more parmesan, salt and pepper to desired taste.


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