Melissa's Cuisine: Pesto Pasta with Peas and Sundried Tomatoes

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Sundried Tomatoes

It's summer time and if you're anything like me, that means a lot of grilling, outdoor eating, and get-togethers with family and friends.  It's been a while since Mike and I have had a free weekend, and our schedule doesn't appear to be opening up any time soon.  Whether we are having company over to our house, or going to someone's house for dinner, I prefer to limit my time spent in the kitchen--it's too hot to spend hours cooking! 

Salads are perfect for hot summer days.  I love a good pasta salad--it's great as a side dish, and I enjoy taking the leftovers to work for lunch.  I made this pasta salad for a work party.  We were sending our interns off and celebrating a fantastic year with them.  Because of the incredible amount of food at the party, I ended up with a good amount of leftover pasta salad.  My boss loved it so much that she asked me to bring the leftovers to work.  She enjoyed this pasta salad for lunch a couple of times!

I used sundried tomatoes from Enduring Sun in this recipe.  They were incredible--so sweet they tasted like candy!

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Sundried Tomatoes

Serves 8-10

You will need:
1 (16 oz) box whole wheat pasta shells
1 cup sundried tomatoes
2/3 cup frozen sweet peas
1/3 cup pesto
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Cook the pasta shells to al dente, following the directions on the box.

2.  Drain noodles and transfer to a large bowl.

3.  Stir in sundried tomatoes, sweet peas, pesto, olive oil, salt and pepper while the pasta is still hot.

4.  Serve the pasta immediately or chilled.

Source:  Eat Yourself Skinny


  1. This looks really good! I love sun dried tomatoes but haven't used them in a salad like this. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. The sun dried tomatoes are a lovely addition. I love preparing summer salads so my family can pack them for lunch as well. A great lunch idea that doesn't require reheating!

  3. this is great. I found it via the It's Keeper link up. I have linked in a beef dish. Have a super day.

  4. Thanks for another great recipe, Melissa!

  5. This looks so good Melissa! Featured on our Facebook Page, pinned and tweeted! :)



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