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Pepita Pesto Pasta Salad

Versatile Pepita Pesto, flavored with garam masala, imparts vibrant flavor and color to pasta salad. It's a delicious way to introduce your family and friends to this Indian spice blend. Photo credit: Adrianna Adarme from A Cozy Kitchen.
15m
PREP TIME
20m
COOK TIME
231
CALORIES
13
INGREDIENTS

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Ingredients 8 (1 cup) Servings

  • Pepita Pesto
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted pepitas, (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Garam Masala Blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Pasta Salad
  • 8 ounces pasta, such as rotini or penne
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, sliced substitution Substitutions available
    • pitted black olives, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 1 For the Pepita Pesto, place parsley, mint, pepitas, Parmesan cheese, garlic, garam masala and salt in food processor; cover. Process just until smooth. Gradually add oil with machine running. Process until well blended and smooth
  • 2 For the Pasta Salad, cook pasta as directed on package. Rinse under cold water; drain well
  • 3 Mix Pepita Pesto and yogurt in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Add pasta and remaining ingredients; toss to coat well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve

TIPS AND TRICKS

Click here to see the original Pepita Pesto recipe.

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