Jul 21, 2021 2 min read

A healthy pasta salad is always welcome. This pesto pasta salad is no exception. It has tasty pesto, creamy cheese, and fresh tomatoes which are perfect for summer. The recipe may taste even better because of the low carb count, thanks to ThinSlim Foods Low Carb Impastable Pasta - Rotini

Impastable High-Fiber Rotini

ThinSlim Foods Low Carb Impastable Pasta - Rotini has 55 calories per serving, or about 70% fewer calories than regular pasta. It has 36 grams of fiber from sources such as oat fiber and wheat fiber, and there are only 8 grams of net carbs. Other ingredients are egg whites and wheat protein isolate. It is easy to make; just boil it until it has the texture you want

Salad for Summer

This salad is perfect for summer. You can pack it into a cooler and take it for a picnic lunch or dinner, or serve it as a cold lunch or dinner on a hot day. Just make it the day before and keep it in the refrigerator overnight if you are going to be too busy to toss the ingredients together the next day. It can be a one-dish, high-protein meal if you add cooked chicken - leftovers work great in this recipe. 

Fit for Company

This low-carb pesto pasta salad is good enough for company. You can serve it with baked beans or corn on the cob for your guests, or keep the entire meal low in carbohydrates by serving it with a vegetable, such as grilled asparagus served warm or cold, and some watermelon or blueberries. Using store bought pesto can help you keep stress levels down when preparing for company. 

Recipe for Low-Carb Pesto Pasta Salad

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Pesto sauce (or you can use 3 tablespoons of store bought pesto)
    • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
    • 2 cloves of peeled garlic
    • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese
    • ¼ cup of olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1 package of ThinSlim Foods Low Carb Impastable Pasta - Rotini
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup of fresh mozzarella pearls
  • Optional: Black or kalamata olives, sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the pesto if you are not using prepared pesto. Add the basil leaves, garlic, parmesan cheese, ¼ cup of olive oil, and pine nuts or walnuts to a food processor or blender and pulse until it has the consistency of a smooth paste. Set the pesto aside.
  2. Cook the ThinSlim Foods Low Carb Impastable Pasta - Rotini according to the package directions, or boil water, add the pasta, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until al dente. Then drain it.
  3. Stir in the olive oil.
  4. Toss the pasta with 3 to 4 tablespoons of pesto (home made or store bought), the tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and olives if using them.
  5. Plate the pasta and top with parmesan cheese if desired. Serve and enjoy!
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