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Trader Joe’s Vegan Pesto Pasta

I am all about easy meals! You know how much I love TRADER JOE’S, it’s my favorite place to grocery shop. Whether you have a TJ’s by you or not, you can easily adapt this recipe wherever you shop. Tonight’s dinner is simple, delicious and a family staple: Vegan Pesto Pasta!

TRADER JOE’S VEGAN PESTO PASTA

INGREDIENTS:

1 Box of pasta. You can use chick pea pasta, brown rice pasta, anything you like!

1 Carton of Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale Pesto (or any pesto you like)

Cherry Tomatoes – halved ( I use about 30 and cut in half)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Fresh Mozzarella Balls

Fresh Basil – finely sliced for garnish

Avocado Oil or Olive Oil Spray

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

Half tomatoes and place on baking sheet. Toss in a little oil. Add salt & pepper.

Once the oven is heated, cook the tomatoes for 8-10 minutes

Bring pasta water to a boil and cook pasta through.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain water and toss with carton of pesto sauce.

Rinse and strain the mozzarella balls. Salt and pepper them generously.

Assemble pasta bowls and top with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil.

*the most time consuming part is waiting for your water to boil. Once the pasta and tomatoes are cooked you are ready to eat in 5 mins. This feeds our family of 6. Double for leftovers. It doesn’t have to be vegan, that’s just what Trader Joe’s Pesto Sauce is. You can add grilled shrimp or chicken!

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6 Comments

  • Reply J. Craig May 31, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Yum! I made this for dinner tonight, everyone enjoyed it. It literally took 15 minutes. We kept it vegan and subbed the mozzarella balls for vegan parmesan.

  • Reply Kristin June 5, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    We made this tonight for dinner and loved it! Even down to our 2 year old. It’s the perfect summer pasta dish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply JACQUELINE SCHAEFFER June 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    I made this last night — well minus the tomatoes because I have an allergy — and it was AMAZING!!! Your Trader Joe pics are always right on point. Thanks!

    • Reply Lisa Allen June 20, 2019 at 4:08 PM

      Yay! Glad you liked it!

  • Reply Mary Oberembt July 20, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Recipe looks great, but with the cheese it is not vegan.

    • Reply Lisa Allen July 20, 2019 at 5:24 PM

      Yes, cheese is clearly a animal product. The pesto here is called Trader Joe’s Vegan Pesto. 🙂

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