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Giada's No-Cook Pasta Sauce: Orecchiette Pasta With Almond Pesto

No need to do away with pasta dinners in the hot summer months - use a no-cook pasta sauce instead!


In the summertime, pasta is an entirely different game than it is in the colder months. You move from casseroles to quick sauces, and from cheesy decadence to bright and fresh ingredients. Basically, summer is not the time to be slaving away at the stovetop or filling up to the brim on cheese. The ultimate way to do pasta in the summer? Use a no-cook pasta sauce that requires hardly any prepwork. Yes, it can be done - and Giada's Orecchiette Pasta with Almond Pesto is the answer!
no-cook pasta sauce
In the amount of time it takes for the water to boil and the pasta to cook, you can whip up a flavorful almond pesto, dice some cherry tomatoes and cut up some mozzarella. DONE. Dinner is literally no-sweat when it comes to this bright and vibrant pasta dish.
Even better? This meal isn't restricted to dinnertime. Make it a day ahead for an excellent pasta salad to bring along to a potluck, or just for really good leftovers all week long.
Looking for more no-cook pasta sauces for summertime? Try Giada's Spaghettini with Checca Sauce!

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