Barilla® Tri-Color Penne Pasta Salad with Mixed Greens

The perfect pasta salad for every outdoor occasion!

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Ingredients 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Barilla® Tri-Color Penne
  • ½  cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups packed mix baby greens [OK if wilted]
  • 1 cup carrot tops
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded [or any protein of your liking]
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
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Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions.

  • Carefully drain pasta, season with ½-tabelsppon olive oil to prevent from sticking, cool down flat on a sheet pan. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Meanwhile, prepare pesto.  In a food processor pulse garlic, salt, pepper, pumpkin seeds until thinly ground.  Stir in greens, remaining olive oil, lemon juice and zests and a few ice cubes; process to incorporate; fold in cheese.
  • Place pasta in a bowl, pour pesto on it, add chicken and tomatoes; mix well.  
  • Ideally let sit 20 minutes at room temperature before serving.
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