Pesto pasta is a super easy crowd pleaser. It is perfect for a picnic, cookout, or a family dinner. The pesto is so delicious and fresh, it tastes like summer. You can easily make this dish your own by changing up the veggies. Just use what you like, and you'll love the outcome!
Toast pine nuts by heating in a dry skillet over medium low heat until fragrant. Watch carefully because they will burn shortly after becoming fragrant.
In a blender or food processor, combine basil, cheese, 3 T pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover, and blend with several on/off turns until a paste forms. With the blade running, gradually blend in olive oil.
Combine remaining ingredients.
Toss with basil mixture. Chill and serve. This keeps well for several days in the refrigerator.