This simple-to-throw-together pasta salad is not only a crowd-pleaser but can also simplify party planning because its major componants can be made a day or two in advance.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well. (Pasta can be made in advance and refrigerated for a day or two.)
Cook vegetables according to package directions. Let cool. (Veggies can be cooked in advance and refrigerated.)
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Chill at least two or three hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.
Do not freeze.
If you don’t have pesto on hand, add 2 cloves of freshly crushed garlic and 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese. For a parve version, omit the cheese.