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Quick & Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: Serves 8-10 1x


This is the most Quick & Easy Pesto Pasta Salad recipe ever! It only uses a few simple ingredients, and it tastes like summer in a bowl. I can’t get enough!



  • 2 cups small dry pasta (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, in bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until it is cooked al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Add the pasta to a medium mixing bowl. Add mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the pesto and olive oil.
  4. Add the pesto dressing to the pasta.
  5. Stir everything together until it is all well-coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve right away.


Add a little more pesto and olive oil to this salad on the second day to refresh the leftovers before serving.

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 10 SERVING SIZE: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156 Fat: 8.3g Cholesterol: 5.6mg Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 16.7g Sugars: 2g Protein: 5.5g Vitamin A: 42µg Vitamin C: 5mg

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