One-pot meals are certainly all the rage these days. They’re easy to make and preparing the ingredients doesn’t take a lot of time. Plus, the cleanup post-cooking is super easy as well!
So if you’re looking for a simple dish that can be made in under 30 minutes, this one-pot pesto pasta salad recipe is just the thing for you especially as we’re still mostly working from the comfort of our own homes due to the ongoing pandemic — fiddling our thumbs playing games on our breaks away from the prying eyes of your bosses (trust us, we get it).
Anyway, back on track.
Simply put, this one-pot dish uses only four basic ingredients to create a warm and comforting meal — with minimal prep and even fewer dishes (literally only one pot) to wash afterwards! But if you’re looking for something 100% homemade, you could try making your own pesto also. Though, it isn’t really mandatory as the store-bought ones will work just nicely. It’s also way, way easier to use the pre-made sauce rather than spending a lot more time for a fraction of a better-tasting pesto.
Feel free to also add any amount of sides to this recipe to your heart’s content. How about a mix of cherry tomatoes, olives, and beef/chicken/bacon slices for an even more fulfilling and nutritious meal?
The one-pot pesto pasta salad dish may be served hot or cold. And the leftovers will also make for a great chilled pasta salad that you may instantly have for lunch on the days you’re simply too lazy to make a full meal.
2 cups pasta, small or medium shells
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup store-bought/homemade basil pesto
1 tablespoon grated parmesan
cheese salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large pot of water, add a generous amount of salt with a few dashes of oil (olive oil would suffice here). Bring the pot of salted water to a boil then add in the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the packaging. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking. Toss the frozen peas into the pot of boiling water just before the pasta finishes cooking and cook for a short while.
- Drain the pot of the pasta and peas, then stir in the pesto (into the drained pot with the pasta and peas) and mix until harmoniously combined.
- 3. Add a healthy grating of parmesan cheese on top. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste if needed, as well as any accoutrement that you may desire.