Overnight Spinach Pasta Salad

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

"For years our family has enjoyed a hot pasta dish with basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. I decided to use the same basic ingredients to create a cold pasta salad."


2cups penne pasta, uncooked
1/3cup olive oil
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1bunch fresh basil, chopped
1teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, coarsely shredded
1/2cup chopped walnuts
3/4cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3cup mayonnaise


  1. Cook pasta, rinse and drain. Blend olive oil, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Add to pasta and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Toss spinach, walnuts, Parmesan and mayonnaise into pasta mixture until well blended. Adjust mayonnaise, salt and pepper to achieve desired seasoning and consistency.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Recipe by Donna Gallis, Greagle, Calif.