This Protein Packed Pesto Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight meal that is ready in under 30 minutes!
Pass the pasta please.
Especially when it is coated in a rich and creamy pesto sauce and is packed with protein – something most pasta dishes are lacking.
Especially when it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. We know you are busy and sometimes you need a gourmet meal on your plate STAT. This pasta can get you there.
And especially especially when this dish can double as tomorrow’s lunch. This Protein Packed Pesto Pasta is equally good served cold the next day. The flavors intensify as it sits overnight in the fridge and it turns into the best cold pasta salad on day two.
The sauce in this Protein Packed Pesto Pasta Salad is a hybrid between a creamy indulgent alfredo and a bright and fresh pesto sauce, and it is a match made in heaven. Especially when you can feel good about indulging in this cream sauce. It is made rich and flavorful with only the freshest, healthiest ingredients.
In lieu of the cream, which can add unnecessary fat and calories to this dish, we look to a healthier plant based alternative: tofu. Not a tofu lover? Stick with me. You will not have to eat cubes of the tasteless white soggy tofu that haunts your taste buds past. The tofu in this dish is blended until silky smooth and used in the sauce. It has no flavor, so it is ready to take on the flavors of the fresh basil, lively lemon, and deep garlic.
Not only is the tofu a healthy, guilt-free, swap, it adds satiating protein to this recipe.