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4-Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad- Simple Italian Recipe

4-Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad: Simple Italian Recipe

  • Author: Tessa Bronner
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes



12 ounces of pasta of choice

1 pint cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes

8 ounces mozzarella pearls

11 ½  cups basil pesto

Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook pasta until it is al dente according to the package directions.
  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare your other ingredients. Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves, or quarters if they are large. 
  3. When the pasta is finished cooking, cool it rapidly by running it under cold water. 
  4. Toss your cooked pasta, tomatoes, cheese, and pesto in a large bowl and stir until the pesto has coated everything. 
  5. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours for best results, or serve immediately if needed.