Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad


Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious summer salad, look no further than this Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad. It’s a delightful combination of classic Italian flavors with a modern twist. The fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, fragrant basil, and tangy pesto dressing come together to create a perfect dish for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. penne pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the penne pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and torn basil leaves.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the pesto sauce and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour the pesto dressing over the pasta mixture and toss gently to coat everything evenly.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Before serving, garnish with additional basil leaves if desired.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

This Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad is a delightful combination of classic Italian flavors with a modern twist. It’s perfect for a quick and delicious summer meal.

Nutritional information (per serving): Calories 380, Fat 20g, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 12g

Whether you’re serving it as a side dish at a barbecue or enjoying it as a light lunch, this Easy Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad will be a hit with your family and friends. The vibrant colors and fresh flavors make it a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. So, give it a try and savor the taste of summer in every bite!