Pesto Pasta Salad with Zucchini, Eggplant, and Snap Peas

Pesto Pasta Salad with Zucchini, Eggplant, and Snap Peas
Staff Writer
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This vibrant pasta salad showcases fresh, seasonal produce — namely basil, zucchini, eggplant, and snap peas. The combination of colors and flavors harmonizes beautifully and makes for a full-flavored sude dish or light main course. 

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4
Servings
704
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the pesto

  • 3 Cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 Cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts
  • 1 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

For the pasta salad

  • 1 medium-sized eggplant, diced
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Pound fusilli, cooked according to package directions and cooled
  • 1/2 Pound snap peas, chopped roughly

Directions

For the pesto

Add the basil, garlic, Parmesan, and walnuts to the bowl of a food processor and pulse 10 times to combine everything. Turn the processor back on and slowly pour in the olive oil through the feeding tube in a steady stream, until everything is fully combined and forms a sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the pasta salad

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the eggplant and zucchini on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast for 30 minutes. Stir the vegetables occasionally while roasting. Remove from the oven and let cool until they reach room temperature. Toss the eggplant, zucchini, pasta, and snap peas together with 1 cup of the pesto and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
61g
87%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
50g
100%
Cholesterol
22mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
477µg
68%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
32mg
43%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
623µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
601mg
60%
Choline, total
22mg
5%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
148µg
37%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
131mg
41%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
324mg
46%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
672mg
45%
Water
311g
12%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Pesto Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pesto Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.