Pasta with Creamy Pesto; drought

I love pesto and when my basil is prolific I make it often in the summer.

It wasn’t prolific this year. (Nothing is prolific this year.)

This year, I bought both pesto and pesto rosso. I like them equally.

I usually use pesto with spaghetti or linguini, and serve it warm.

For this recipe I wanted it to be good the next day on a picnic.

I wanted it creamy….

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Pasta with Creamy Pesto

The creaminess of the dressing makes this a great do-ahead dish for a picnic.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 1 1/4 cup (4oz, 120gr) bite-size pasta
  • 4 tbs pesto
  • 2 tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
  • handful of fresh basil leaves


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • When done, drain and rinse lightly with cold water.
  • Put pesto, mayonnaise and yogurt in a large salad bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add pasta stir well and serve or chill for later.


Adding Greek or plain yogurt to the dressing makes more dressing while keeping the ‘mayo’ flavor. A calorie cheat! You could substitute sour cream for the yogurt or use all mayo.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 463
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 402.1 mg
  • Fat: 25.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 11.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.1 mg

Keywords: pasta, pesto, picnics

More pasta sides? Lemon Orzo with Avocado or Pasta with Mushrooms & Zucchini

Pasta with Creamy Pesto

Europe is in the middle of the worst drought in….

I’m not going to link to any of the many articles on this info – Google it your own-self. There are a lot of news reports and, I’m sure some of them would be behind paywalls, but it’s worth having a look.

~The Danube river has gotten so low that dozens of German warships from WWII have re-surfaced near the Serbian border – complete with unexploded ammunition.

~The Loire river is the longest river in France – and it’s now possible to cross it on foot. The water is ankle deep in places.

~The Rhine river is one of the principle shipping routes in Europe and it’s now at record lows, threatening shipments of grains oil, minerals, and coal.

~A 1000LB (450kilo) WWII bomb emerged in the River Po, in Italy. Locals were evacuated while the army carried out a controlled explosion.

I’ll link to this one:

~Spain’s ‘Stonehenge’ , dating back to 5000 BC. has emerged as the water in the reservoir receded to 28%. Archaeologists are happy but the local population, esp. farmers, are not.

This is a very depressing rabbit-hole to fall down…..

4 thoughts on “Pasta with Creamy Pesto; drought”

  1. Do you have a recipe for pesto without nuts? There’s one pesto I can get here that doesn’t have nuts, but I’d like to try maybe making my own if I can find a good one that doesn’t contain nuts. The one I can get here that doesn’t have them has a tomato base.

    We’ve been getting rain, but Las Vegas hasn’t and Lake Mead has dropped to record low levels. What it’s been exposing is a lot of bodies which, authorities are thinking, are from when Vegas was young and the mob was in charge. Interesting…

      • LOL! No, they’ll never find him. He’s either in the cornerstone of a building somewhere or they burned him to ashes and spread those across Beverly Hills. They were brazen enough to take him under everyone’s nose, they weren’t going to take a chance he’d ever be found in anyone’s lifetime that was involved. And I can’t imagine transporting him from here to Vegas.

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