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Pesto Penne Primavera

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"This is a recipe you can serve hot or cold. A great side-dish or can be a full meal. My kids love this and it's always a hit. You could also add poached or grilled chicken. You can also freeze any leftover pesto for later use."
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40 m servings 367
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine the basil, garlic, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup olive oil, and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until well combined and has the texture of fresh pesto; set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta in boiling water until cooked yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil over the pasta and toss to coat; set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Roast the pine nuts in the skillet until lightly browned; remove to a plate and set aside. Add the asparagus, zucchini, Kalamata olives, roasted red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet; cook and stir until hot, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the pine nuts into the vegetable mixture. Add the pasta and about 1/4 cup of the pesto, or more to your liking, to the skillet and toss to combine. Serve in bowls topped with the grated Parmesan cheese.


  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the pesto ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 367 calories; 20.6 34.4 12.6 9 413 Full nutrition

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This was SO GOOD. Definitely will make again. It wasn't that time consuming, either. The only changes I made were to omit the olives and substitute green beans for asparagus. I especially loved ...

I liked how fresh it tasted, but probably won't make it again.

Delicious! Everyone gobbled it all up!

This was pretty tasty, and makes great leftovers if there's only two of you. I was lazy and used prepared pesto from a jar, and I also increased the veggies to a cup of each. I wasn't in the m...

Absolutely delicious!!! Fresh herbs from the garden-yum!

We thought this was delicious! I did use my own homemade pesto sauce that I had in the freezer, which is very similar to the one in the recipe, except for the lemon juice. Also, I didn't measure...

Really good recipe. At first I wasn't sure but the more I ate, the better it got!

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Creative combination of flavors and ingredients. Absolutely delicious.

Really good, easy to make. I think I need to tweak it to taste but as is it is really good. We will add it to the rotation.