As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this nearly six-acre tract of land, this farmhouse, this domain—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Salad On Tuesday: Week 2 {Pesto Pasta Salad}


The girls and I recently attended a baby shower luncheon, hosted by my good friend Jodi who happens to be a cook extraordinaire.  There were many beautiful and tasty offerings, but a Mediterranean-style pasta salad got my attention, and I knew that I would try to replicate it.  

Here is my version of Jodi's Pesto Pasta Salad. 





Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. box penne (I used Barilla PLUS® multi-grain pasta)
  • 1 8-oz. jar pesto
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 
  • 1 10-oz. can black olives, drained
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Directions:
  1. Cook penne according to package directions.  Drain and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, toss cooled penne with pesto.  
  3. Stir in tomatoes, black olives, and feta. 



On the night that I made this, I served it as a side salad, along with pepperoni and mozzarella paninis.  It was delicious, but the combination was a bit heavy, especially for a summer meal.  Perhaps the next time I make it, I will add a little pepperoni or salami to the salad and try it as a main dish.  

I'm also planning to try making my own pesto as soon as my basil plants have enough leaves.  I think it would be fun to use homemade pesto in this salad.  

If you're in the mood for a little taste of the Mediterranean, this salad just might hit the spot!

Have you ever made homemade pesto?  Do you have a good recipe you're willing to share? 

2 comments:

  1. I'm loving this weekly feature of yours! I have a basil plant, but I'm not a great fan of pesto. Now what to do?

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  2. I haven't had much pesto...this salad looks wonderful, though. I am always in need of side dishes - I don't do well with that.

    Thanks for thinking of this neat weekly feature!

    Deanna

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