Pesto Pasta Salad

When the garden is bursting with basil it's sometimes a challenge to figure out how to use it all.

Preparation Time:


1/2 cup of your favorite pesto sauce
2 tomatoes or 20 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 red onion
Olive oil
1 pkg rainbow twist noodles
1/4 pound pepper jack cheese, cubed
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olives, black, seeded cut in half
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cooked chick peas


1. Boil the pasta, drain and cool

2. Add the vegetables.

3. Add the pesto sauce and mix well.

4. Add the cheese and mix again.

Serve at room temperature.

Additional Comments:

Magical Notes:

Basil is great for soothing raw emotions and helping to calm tempers. Parsley is about rebirth. Tomatoes also help dispel negative energy and encourage tender feelings. Capers promote lustful feelings so you can make up properly. Their energy is more masculine than olives which are more associated with peace. Pine nuts bring longevity into the situation so you have a dish whose energy promotes reconciliation and new beginnings aimed at long lasting peaceful relationships.

Quick Witch Tips:

You can used a prepared canned pesto sauce but read the ingredients if you're a vegetarian, just in case.

If you're vegan, you can omit the cheese without sacrificing much in the way of taste or replace it with nutritional yeast. If you're a meat eater, you could add cubes of cooked chicken breast when you add the veggies.

This dish is best served on the following occasions:


This dish carries energies for the following magical purposes:
harmony, renewal, new beginnings, family, love


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