Whenever I use pesto in something, it makes me think of Jimmy Pesto from Bob’s Burgers. Who’s with me?
Just me? Well, ok then. But seriously, that cartoon is weird. And awesome.
But moving on. Fresh and tasty salads for summer are also awesome, especially ones that require minimal effort. I love a chopped salad just as much as the next person, but doing all that chopping yourself is a real pain in the patoot.
Enter the pesto and arugula pasta salad. It’s quick and easy; it takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. It’s so easy, in fact, that I’m not even going to add measurements. It’s really just up to your personal tastes. Try it out.
Penne pasta (I used Barilla Whole Grain Penne)
Roasted red peppers (homemade or not, your choice)
Pesto (again, homemade or not)
Fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water al dente. While you’re waiting for your pasta to soften, combine peppers (Full disclosure: I didn’t have any roasted red peppers on hand, so I just used raw red peppers, and it was still delicious!), pesto and cheese in a large bowl.
Drain pasta and rinse under cold water for about 1 minute. Add pasta to the bowl and toss until covered. Gently mix in the arugula, and enjoy! Feel free to make it your own by adding tomatoes, olives, asparagus, etc.