Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes and Feta

Looking for a quick summer meal that's simple and fresh? Look no further!  This easy recipe requires six ingredients (seven if you add a grilled protein) and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. Another plus - each 2oz serving of protein pasta has 10g of protein.      

- Barilla Protein Plus Penne Pasta (4 servings)
- 6 T, Classico Traditional Basil Pesto (or other prepared pesto)
- 1 pint container grape (or other bite-sized) tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 small container (~5oz) reduced fat feta cheese
- 1/4 cup, toasted pine nuts
- fresh basil, 8 leaves cut into slivers

Cook pasta according to package directions.  While pasta cooks, slice tomatoes in half, set aside. Toast pine nuts and cut basil leaves.

Drain penne.  Pour into large pasta bowl.  Stir in pesto.  Add tomatoes and feta.  Gently stir to combine.  Top pasta mixture with pine nuts and basil slivers.  Add grilled shrimp, chicken, or salmon for a heartier meal.  It's delicious both ways.  Makes four servings -  Enjoy!

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