Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salad
In the heat of summer, a cool pasta salad tossed with a light, fresh vegetable puree sounds like an appealing supper. Unfortunately, most such recipes turn out bland and dry.
Why This Recipe Works
We found that raw vegetables yielded a particularly bland pesto salad. Garlic and olive oil were musts in this pesto, along with pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and basil. Pureed ricotta cheese lent a mild flavor and a silky creaminess that unified the other ingredients.