Are you in search of a fuss-free recipe that requires just a handful of ingredients and less than thirty minutes of your time? Look no further than this easy pesto pasta salad. Whether you need a delightful appetizer or a light meal, this recipe has got you covered.
- 1 lb. dry pasta
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella pearls or chopped
- ¼ of a red onion, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Basil seasoning
- One 6.2 oz jar of Pesto sauce
Now that you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to bring this pasta salad to life! Begin by boiling your pasta according to the package directions. Once cooked, allow it to cool down or speed up the process by placing it in the refrigerator. Once the pasta has cooled, add the sliced tomatoes, onions, and mozzarella. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
The final touch is adding the jar of Pesto sauce. You have the flexibility to add as much or as little as you prefer, depending on your taste. In my family, we enjoy a lighter coating of pesto, so we don’t use the entire jar.
Now, I must confess that although I aspire to be a supermom who whips up homemade pesto from scratch, the reality is that time and energy don’t always align. That’s why I opt for the simple and delicious option: jarred pesto. One of our recent favorites is the Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto, which adds a burst of flavor to this recipe while keeping it easy peasy!
In just a few steps, you’ve created a delectable pesto pasta salad that will impress your taste buds and your guests. Serve it as a refreshing appetizer or a light meal on a warm summer day. This recipe is versatile, allowing you to customize it with additional ingredients or tweaks to suit your preferences.
So, go ahead and enjoy this quick and flavorful pesto pasta salad. It’s a true winner that will make your taste buds dance with joy!