Some might call it a rut, but I think it’s my signature – party pasta salad. If there’s a party and I don’t have time or energy to think of something elaborate, I go the pasta salad route. And since I never use mayo, people aren’t thinking, O Lord, another party with another pasta salad, they’re actually excited to eat their cold noodles differently.
Arugula* Pesto Pasta Salad
In a boiling pot of salted water, add a whole box of your favorite pasta salad noodle. I chose the tubular, maccheroni this time. And, you know, follow the directions on the box, then flush with cold water, and douse with evoo.
In a blender, throw in: 1 cup of arugula, 1/2 cup of parm cheese, enough evoo to get the blender going and to make it saucy, 4 smashed garlic cloves, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Blend. Taste. Adjust.
Pour on pasta. Mix in diced roasted red pepper and diced marinated artichoke hearts. Chill.
*yes, this was from the same POUND of arugula.