Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package small shell pasta
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 (3-ounce) package shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • Garnishes: gourmet mixed baby salad greens; grape tomatoes; small, yellow pear-shaped tomatoes

Preparation

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. Whisk together vinegar and next 5 ingredients. Gradually whisk in olive oil.
  3. Add vinaigrette to pasta. Add basil, cheese, and pine nuts; toss to combine. Garnish, if desired.
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