Recently, I went to the deli of my local grocery store, and I tried the most delicious pesto pasta salad ever!! When I went back to get more, I was told that unfortunately it was made for a limited time only (Italy Days - theme at the store), so I can't get it again
It was so delicious that I was literally desperate for some more! I decided to get the ingredients to make it myself. It seemed simple, but it just isn't the same... It's missing something and I can't for the life of me figure what it is
I used: 1 box pasta, one jar pre-made authentic pesto, sundried tomatoes, fresh grated parmesan, salt.
Bottom line, it needs more flavor, and the store version seemed to be more creamy.
The deli girl introduced me to marscapone cheese, and suggested that. My next batch I mixed it into it (sort of like a soft cream cheese in texture, but not a lot of flavor). All that did was add calories I think, because once mixed in, it couldn't be detected.
Maybe use a little light mayo? Maybe soft cream cheese? Maybe a different brand of pesto?? I have absolutely NO idea.
.... Help! Any ideas? Anyone familiar with pesto in a cold pasta salad?