Whole-Wheat Pesto Pasta Salad

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Whole-Wheat Pesto Pasta Salad
Jamielyn Nye

This recipe packs a lot of flavor, with pesto and feta cheese, and it's also a healthy meal, made with whole-wheat pasta and chicken. 

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Ready in
30 m
8
Servings
652
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound whole-wheat bow tie pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 Cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 Cup Italian dressing
  • 2 Cups spinach
  • 1 Cup shredded grilled chicken
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 Cup feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions in a large pot of salted water. Drain the pasta and run it under water. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss well.

Put the pasta in a large serving bowl and stir in the pesto and Italian dressing. Add the spinach, chicken, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Toss to combine. Season the pasta salad with salt and pepper, to taste. 

Cover the pasta and refrigerate. If the pasta seems dry before serving, you can stir in another tablespoon of olive oil.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
43g
67%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Cholesterol
37mg
12%
Protein
19g
37%
Carbs
49g
16%
Vitamin A
302µg
34%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
4.9%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
19%
Vitamin C
23mg
38%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
6mg
30%
Vitamin K
386µg
100%
Calcium
285mg
28%
Fiber
4g
17%
Folate (food)
93µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
93µg
23%
Iron
5mg
25%
Magnesium
121mg
30%
Monounsaturated
24g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
18%
Phosphorus
324mg
46%
Polyunsaturated
8g
N/A
Potassium
614mg
18%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.8%
Sodium
769mg
32%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
10.5%
Zinc
3mg
19%

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