Thursday, August 16, 2007

Presto Pasta Nights - Pesto and Tomato Salad

This weeks pasta for Ruth's (of Once Upon A Feast) Presto Pasta Night came about from my new favorite past time: avoiding grocery shopping and seeing what I can find in the fridge, freezer and pantry. Just like my Orzo and Ham Pasta Salad and my Soba Noodle Salad for recent PPN's, I turned to our overstocked shelves in the kitchen to see what I could find.

I'm finally making a dent in our pasta "collection". I grabbed the last bag of fusilli and peered around some more in the pantry. Not seeing anything that was grabbing me I checked out the fridge to see what I could find for a sauce. In the door of the fridge was a half full bottle of pesto. As neither Scott or I are fans of traditional pesto - both of us don't like pine nuts - I don't know where this came from. Isn't that odd? I gave it a taste and it was pretty darn good; the pine nuts weren't very prominent in the flavor. IDEA! Cold pasta salad with pesto.

I cooked the noodles, drained and rinsed them in cold water. The pesto got thinned just a tad with some water, then tossed with the pasta. After seasoning it with salt and pepper I gave it a taste. Good, but it needed something. Something like tomatos! I chopped up a couple of tomatos, threw them in and it was perfect. After having a couple more bites I poured it onto a dish to take some pictures, then packed it up in the fridge for later; I figured it could feed both of us for lunch for a couple of days.

And I never saw it again.

Later that day Scott, that wicked, wicked man ATE. IT. ALL. when I wasn't around.

There are no words.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Sara, I'd be more than happy to have that dish for lunch right now!

Ruth Daniels said...

It does look delicious - and I'm with snooze, you lose.

Thanks for sharing it with presto pasta nights.

Deborah said...

Yeah, I think I would eat it all as well!!

Melody Polakow said...

Looks delicious.. I love cold pesto pasta salad and the fresh tomatoes are a perfect topper.

Thanks for the link to the bagel recipe. I will definitely be giving it a try one of these days.

tigerfish said...

No more? I wanted to ask for just one bite. :(

Deborah Dowd said...

Looks light and delicious, and just the thing for the hot and busy summer!

Annie said...

The tomatoes were a great addition, it looks wonderful!

Lis said...

It looks good enough to polish it off in TWO sittings.. but HAHAHAHAA! Did he feel like he swallowed a brick afterwards? What was that a pound of pasta? teee!

I'm going to start following your lead and cleaning out my damn pantry(s) and fridge. I don't think the shelves are going to take too much more weight. :P


eatme_delicious said...

Haha well at least you know he enjoyed the dish you created! ;)