Pesto and mozzarella pasta salad

    20 min

    Pasta is tossed with pesto, fresh mozzarella, ripe cherry tomatoes and fresh basil to create this colourful pasta salad.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 120g fusilli or penne pasta
    • 3 tablespoons pesto, or to taste
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 75g baby tomatoes, halved
    • 120g mozzarella bocconcini (small balls of fresh mozzarella)
    • 2 leaves fresh basil leaves, finely shredded

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil; cook the pasta until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 - 10 minutes; drain and cool.
    2. Mix pesto, olive oil, salt, garlic granules and black pepper in a bowl; add cooked pasta. Toss to coat. Fold in tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil.

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    A very simple recipe, but has a nice, summery taste to it.  -  01 May 2016


    Yum, Yum, Yum – we thoroughly enjoyed this pasta salad made with tomatoes and basil from our garden. I mixed this up in the morning to give the flavors time to marry, with the exception of the basil. I added the basil about 30 minutes before serving so that it would be fresh. This is an outstanding salad with lots of flavor. It will be repeated in our house. Thank you, blondeprincess, for sharing your recipe!  -  05 Nov 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Really good. I made the pesto with basil from my garden, and I used Formaggio marinated mozzarella cheese balls from Sam's Club. They are cherry size, so I cut them in half. I added a teaspoon or so of Aleppo pepper for a little kick. Let the pasta cool a bit before adding in the cheese balls! I served this with poached salmon topped with scallion ginger sauce, a green salad, and naan. For the pasta, I used pipettes which have openings large enough for the pesto to get inside, so good! This would be a good salad to have with bbq ribs or chicken.  -  12 Jun 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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