Parmesan Pesto Pasta Salad

Looking for a perfectly light and savory salad for your next barbecue? This light and healthy Parmesan Pesto Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus is perfect! Whether sharing it at a party or enjoying it as a fresh and cool summer lunch, this salad is filling and delicious.

Pasta Salad from Yellow Bliss Road

I love walking around our local Farmer’s Market. Not only am I supporting local farmers, but I’m getting deliciously fresh produce and it’s all just so pretty to look at. I have to keep myself from buying more than I really need! On a recent trip I picked up some grape tomatoes and asparagus and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it!

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I roasted those yummy tomatoes and asparagus in the oven with just a light drizzle of olive oil and some salt, pepper and fresh basil, as I knew they would be the perfect addition to the Parmesan Pesto Pasta Salad I’d been planning. While the veggies were roasting, I boiled some water to cook up my favorite bowtie pasta just to al dente.

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Once everything was finished cooking, I let it all cool for just a bit before mixing in the Hidden Valley™ Parmesan Basil Pesto Sandwich Spread & Dip, some fresh grated Parmesan and fresh basil.

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This delicious pasta salad was the perfect filling lunch and once the flavors had more time to blend it was positively irresistible!

Parmesan Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

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A bowl of pasta salad

Parmesan Pesto Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil plus more for garnish if desired
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Hidden Valley™ Parmesan Basil Pesto Sandwich Spread & Dip
  • 1 lb bowtie or rotini pasta
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Rinse and trim asparagus. Pat dry and cut into 2 inch pieces.
  • Place asparagus and tomatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Toss with fresh basil and season with salt and pepper to taste (save the bowl to toss pasta in later). Place veggies in a single layer on foil lined cookie sheet. Roast in the oven for about ten minutes or until tomatoes start to blister and asparagus is tender.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • While veggies are roasting, place pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook to al dente.
  • Drain and rinse with cool water.
  • Toss pasta in the bowl used for the veggies.
  • Add Hidden Valley Basil Parmesan Pesto and stir.
  • Fold in the roasted tomatoes and asparagus and sprinkle with fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese. Garnish with fresh, chopped basil, if desired.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. This was a sponsored post where I was challenged to create a recipe using Hidden Valley’s Pesto. You could certainly use your own homemade pesto if you wish.

  1. Hi Kristin … I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it tonight … It was fabulous! Couldn’t find the Hidden Valley sandwich spread so I substituted 1-1/2 T pesto from a jar. Turned out great!