Creamy Pea and Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad

Creamy Pea and Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad


I have been wanting to try making a pasta salad for a while now and when I came across this recipe for a pesto pasta salad on Savoury Sweet Life I could not resist making it right away. Pasta salads are salads formed with a base of pasta and pretty much anything that you can think of can be added after that. Pasta salads are normally served chilled and often have a mayo based dressing. This pasta salad has mayo in the dressing but the dressing is primarily based on freshly made basil pesto. I really liked the sound of combining the creamy and tangy mayo and with the fresh pesto and I just had to try it. Not only did the dressing for this pasta salad sound good but it also contains two other great ingredients, artichoke hearts and peas. Luckily I was still able to find some fresh peas at the farmers market but frozen would also work well. This pasta salad came together easily with the hardest part being the waiting for it to chill in the fridge. The creamy pea and artichoke pesto pasta salad turned out great! It really was nice and creamy and the pesto and mayo dressing was nice and tangy and fresh and really tasty. As I found out just recently, peas go really well with mayo and they added a nice hit of sweetness to this pasta salad. The salad tasted great after chilling for just a half an hour but it tasted even better the day after when the flavours had had a chance to mingle a bit. With a pasta salad under my belt next up to try is a potato salad.

Creamy Pea and Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 pound penne (I used whole wheat)
1 cup basil pesto
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 cup peas
1 cup artichoke hearts (quartered)
parmigiano reggiano to taste (grated)

Directions:
1. Cook the pasta as directed on the package.
2. Mix the pesto and the mayonnaise in a bowl.
3. Toss the pasta in the pesto mixture along with the peas.
4. Gently fold in the artichoke hearts.
5. Let chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or more.
6. Serve garnished with the grated parmigiano reggiano.

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29 comments:

The Bella Girls said...

Wow...this picture made me hungry. Looks delicious!

~Camberley

Livestrong said...

I'm trying this tonight! Sounds great!

VeggieGirl said...

Perfect summer pasta dish!

The Duo Dishes said...

Awesome picture. All the green really pops! Also: One of the things we like about you is your lack of fear when it comes to mayo! It really adds to sauces and such.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a great combination!! Looks wonderful

Anncoo said...

This sounds good. My hubby would definitely love this :}

Divina Pe said...

Lovely photo and a great dish to try one of these days. Thanks Kevin.

Michelle said...

pasta, pesto and artichokes, some of my favorite things and even better together. Thanks for this!

teresa said...

this looks so summery and delicious!

Irene said...

seriously, that sounds SO GOOD right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynda said...

This is a beautiful, delicious looking salad! I love pasta salads and am always looking for new ones..and here it is! Thanks for posting it!

Deborah said...

I love pasta salad, and I love pesto. Sounds great!

Nina Timm said...

I will have to overlook the price of artichokes to make this .....and I most definitely will make this!!!

Elizabeth said...

This looks awesome and I don't even like peas! Now that is impressive, Kevin!

toni said...

Peas and artichokes - to me, this spells perfection!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So mouthwatering! Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Tender Branson said...

Looks great...thanks for sharing.

Joanne said...

I love non-mayo pasta salads but I bet this would be great with Greek yogurt subbed in for the mayo. I love the pea and artichoke additions. It looks so creamy!

Soma said...

Refreshing flavorful summer treat!

Hillary said...

Great pasta salad Kevin! Here's to another great penne recipe.

Andrea said...

Great recipe and great pic. Sounds like the perfect dish for my husband who loves all those ingredients.

eatme_delicious said...

Another yummy dish of yours Kevin! I must try it. I love pesto and love pasta salads.

Jennifer said...

I LOVE pesto, this pasta salad sounds amazing! This would be fabulous accompiant to grilled chicken.

Chris said...

That would be awesome on a hot summer evening. Nice dish!

Chef Fresco said...

I like your addition of peas to this dish! We made a similar asparagus pesto dish and loved it.

meeso said...

I'm not much of a pasta person, unless it's something light like this... looks great!

alice said...

Hey Kevin,
Glad you liked the salad. This is a very popular pesto salad dish from one of my favorite pizzerias in Seattle. I've even added chicken to it and it tastes awesome!

PS:Thanks for the mention!

oneshotbeyond said...

this is one of my favorite type dishes!

Erin said...

My friend made this for a "Three Peas in a Pod" themed triplet baby shower, and OH MY this is delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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