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Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

Rated as 4.58 out of 5 Stars

"The traditional Caprese salad is modified to pasta form. The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella, if you use the brick style, it will not be the same. If you can't find the pearlini mozzarella, use the cieglini and cut it in half. Regular rotini pasta can be used but the cooking time will be different."
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Ingredients

20 m servings 169 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 169 calories; 8.3 g fat; 17.1 g carbohydrates; 6.1 g protein; 10 mg cholesterol; 173 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 ...

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It doesn't have the caprese taste without the sweet-ish tang of good balsamic vinegar, so I added balsamic and also more garlic. And I added toasted pine nuts atop each plate right before servi...

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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 ...

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 o...

4/15 awesome i loved this. made and cooled pasta, added the pesto mixed with the oil and garlic like recipe said. i followed the recipe except added grilled chicken breast cubed and some black...

Decent general recipe. For those saying it was missing something - I'd say that something is balsamic. Either mix some vinegar into the dressing, or drizzle some balsamic glaze on after the fac...

It doesn't have the caprese taste without the sweet-ish tang of good balsamic vinegar, so I added balsamic and also more garlic. And I added toasted pine nuts atop each plate right before servi...

This was pretty good. Due to a tomato allergy, I subbed steamed broccoli florets for the grape tomatoes, and I added some sliced black olives to add another dimension. Instead of the mozzarella ...

Very good pasta salad. Easy to make and I like the fact that the dressing is made fresh and not from a bottle.

Easy and pretty fast to prepare. 100% student proof. However the downside is that the required ingredients are often found in larger quantities.

Made this salad to take to a potluck. Doubled the recipe cutting down on the salt,& added lots of extra pesto, basil, and then sprinkled pine nuts over the top. It was delicious & I came home...