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Roasted Veggie-Pesto Pasta Salad

Hi friends, did you have a fab weekend? Hoping a little sunshine and relaxation came your way!

I can hardly believe it’s 4th of July week, can you? If you’re heading to any summertime BBQs in the near future, here’s an easy side dish you could bring.

Ingredients:
1 16 oz. box bite-sized pasta (bowtie, penne or ziti work well for this)
8 oz. container of prepared pesto, or homemade basil pesto
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
kosher salt
olive oil
Veggies*
1 bunch asparagus
1 zucchini
1 yellow (summer) squash
1 small container grape tomatoes

*This is what is pictured, but every pasta salad I make features different vegetables, depending on what’s in season and what’s in my fridge. Use what you have on hand – peppers, onions, green beans and even frozen corn are other items that roast well. Personally I like a pasta salad that has a LOT of veggies in them!

Directions:
~Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and cool in cold water bath in your sink.
~Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop veggies into bite-sized pieces – try to keep the pieces all about the same size so they cook evenly (I slice the grape tomatoes in half so they don’t explode in my oven.)  Spread on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt and mix to coat. Roast for approximately 15-20 minutes or until tender.
~Let veggies cool on stovetop (or in fridge if you’re in a rush!), then add them along with their juices to large bowl.
~Chop mozzarella into small pieces and add to bowl.
~Throw in pasta and entire container of pesto and mix.
~Chill until ready to serve.

If you have grown tons of fresh basil this year, be sure to try my Basil Pesto recipe – homemade is sooooo good!!!
As a result of a rainy early summer, my basil is looking rather forlorn this year (figures – it’s the herb I use the most and is the one that is thriving the least!) So sad.
As a substitute for homemade, I like this brand for store-bought pesto.

All those yummy roasted veggies, fresh mozzarella and the nuttiness of the pesto come together for a rather tasty pasta salad! 
Hope your holiday week includes some fun festivities!

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cestMoi Sandy

Monday 1st of July 2013

Looks Yummy Lisa!

Thanks

Sandy

pam {simple details}

Monday 1st of July 2013

Our family would love that for dinner, with a little grilled bread ~ yum! Fabulous photos, too!

pam {simple details}

Monday 1st of July 2013

Our family would love that for dinner, with a little grilled bread ~ yum! Fabulous photos, too!

Val

Monday 1st of July 2013

Perfectly delicious for the Summer. Roasted Veggies make me happy!

Tiffany

Monday 1st of July 2013

Yummy! We've been trying to cook more at our house. I've actually tried a few pinterest meals that have been amazing. I'll have to try this:)