This flavorful dish combines rotini pasta with a fresh green onion pesto, toasted cashews and cranberries.

Barilla
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F and bring a large pot of water to a boil.

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  • Place cranberries in bowl of hot water to soak.

  • Toss the green onions with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a sheet tray and roast in the oven until lightly charred, about 10 minutes. Remove the onions from the oven and let them cool down.

  • In a blender combine the onions, cashews and Parmigiano cheese, pulse for 5 seconds.

  • Slowly drizzle in the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the ice cubes and puree. Remove the pesto from the blender and place in a large bowl.

  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Drain cranberries.

  • Add the cooking liquid, pasta and drained cranberries to the pesto, then stir to combine.

Nutrition Facts

892 calories; 31.9 g total fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 180 mg sodium. 139 g carbohydrates; 14.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2014
I made 1/2 batch of this and wish I would have seen Marianne's review prior because using a stick blender would have made this easier. My regular blender didn't work well for 1/2 recipe. I also screwed up by adding the full amount of pasta water instead of cutting it in 1/2. Still I think it would be wise to double the pesto for the amount of pasta this calls for. The pesto was good but once combined with the pasta it seemed lost. I liked the cashews and cranberry combination a little sweet and salty - a favorite of mine. I may try again with these changes and try with zoodles (zucchini noodles) for fun and lower carbs although Barilla is my favorite go-to pasta. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2014
The star of this dish is certainly the pesto but it did not carry this dish enough for us. It is very easy to fix (I used my Smart Stick to mix up the pesto because I made a small batch). I was able to share the box of gluten-free pasta with someone who needs to use it; I can be very happy to go back to regular pasta--and I almost always buy Barilla because it's the best in the grocery store (in my opinion). Read More
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  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2014
I made 1/2 batch of this and wish I would have seen Marianne's review prior because using a stick blender would have made this easier. My regular blender didn't work well for 1/2 recipe. I also screwed up by adding the full amount of pasta water instead of cutting it in 1/2. Still I think it would be wise to double the pesto for the amount of pasta this calls for. The pesto was good but once combined with the pasta it seemed lost. I liked the cashews and cranberry combination a little sweet and salty - a favorite of mine. I may try again with these changes and try with zoodles (zucchini noodles) for fun and lower carbs although Barilla is my favorite go-to pasta. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2014
I made 1/2 batch of this and wish I would have seen Marianne's review prior because using a stick blender would have made this easier. My regular blender didn't work well for 1/2 recipe. I also screwed up by adding the full amount of pasta water instead of cutting it in 1/2. Still I think it would be wise to double the pesto for the amount of pasta this calls for. The pesto was good but once combined with the pasta it seemed lost. I liked the cashews and cranberry combination a little sweet and salty - a favorite of mine. I may try again with these changes and try with zoodles (zucchini noodles) for fun and lower carbs although Barilla is my favorite go-to pasta. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2014
The star of this dish is certainly the pesto but it did not carry this dish enough for us. It is very easy to fix (I used my Smart Stick to mix up the pesto because I made a small batch). I was able to share the box of gluten-free pasta with someone who needs to use it; I can be very happy to go back to regular pasta--and I almost always buy Barilla because it's the best in the grocery store (in my opinion). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2014
We LOVED the pesto I wish I'd made more. This was very good and I added grilled chicken to complete the meal. If you love green onions and cashews make the pesto soon--you won't be sorry! The gluten free rotini was a nice change and would be perfect to serve to friends who can't tolerate gluten. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2014
This is an easy to make side pasta salad for a light summer dinner. (But don t forget to warn people that there are cashews in case they are allergic!) I was happy to learn that Barilla now has gluten free pasta because I have hosted friends who have gluten intolerance in the past and it is difficult to find recipes that don t include gluten. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2014
I loved JRbaker's suggestion of adding the grilled chicken and I'll do that next time we make the recipe. I'm also going to try the pesto on other dishes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2014
Don't let the recipe title scare you away! This is an easy recipe to prepare and very flavorful. I loved the addition of the cranberries. While I did served this warm according to the recipe I think it would be great cold too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2014
This is a very easy to prepare recipe. I loved the green onion- cashew pesto it was perfect. Chicken would be a good addition to the dish. Read More
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