• When my friend Melissa was planning her The Very Hungry Caterpillar party for her daughter, she asked me for some food ideas. I created this pasta salad based on the book just for the occasion. The fusillis became the caterpillars, the peas the heads, and the cheese shreds the little antennae. I have made it twice now, and the caterpillar party goers loved it as well. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • One pound of fusilli pasta
  • One cup frozen peas
  • 7 oz. prepared pesto, or more if you like
  • One 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans
  • One small box of pear or cherry tomatoes
  • One red pepper, chopped
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Black pepper, optional
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PREP TIME 10 Min READY IN 25 Min
COOK TIME 15 Min SERVINGS 6
MAIN INGREDIENT Pasta
MEAL/COURSE Lunch
SEASON/OCCASION BBQ/Potluck
COOKING METHOD Stove-Top
CUISINE American

Preparation

  1. Boil one pound of fusilli pasta.
  2. Toss in the frozen peas when the noodles are almost done. Drain the pasta and mix in your favorite prepared pesto, one can of drained garbanzo beans, one small box pear tomatoes and one chopped red pepper.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator, and then toss with shredded parmesan cheese and optional black pepper.
  4. Enjoy, but don't get a stomach ache like that hungry caterpillar!

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