Pasta Salad With Pesto(ATK)

Recipe by Coppercloud
READY IN: 53mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil in large pot. Toast.
  • pine nuts in small dry skillet over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until just golden and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • When water is boiling, add garlic and let cook 1 minute. Remove.
  • garlic with slotted spoon and rinse under cold water to stop cooking;.
  • set aside to cool. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta to water, stir.
  • to separate, and cook until tender (just past al dente). Reserve ¼.
  • cup cooking water, drain pasta, toss with 1 tablespoon oil, spread in.
  • single layer on rimmed baking sheet, and cool to room temperature,.
  • about 30 minutes.
  • When garlic is cool, peel and mince or press through garlic.
  • press. Place ¼ cup nuts, garlic, basil, spinach, pepper, lemon.
  • juice, remaining ¼ cup oil, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in.
  • bowl of food processor and process until smooth, scraping sides of.
  • bowl as necessary. Add cheese and mayonnaise and process until.
  • thoroughly combined. Transfer mixture to large serving bowl. Cover.
  • and refrigerate until ready to assemble salad.
  • When pasta is cool, toss with pesto, adding reserved pasta water,.
  • 1 tablespoon at a time, until pesto evenly coats pasta. Fold in remaining.
  • ½ cup nuts and tomatoes (if using); serve.