Gluten Free Penne with Pistachio Pesto and Heirloom Tomato Salad


A delicious gluten free pasta salad with pistachio pesto and heirloom tomatoes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) box Barilla Gluten Free Penne

  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, diced

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped

  • ½ cup unsalted pistachios

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese

  • 3 ice cubes

  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Place diced tomatoes in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt. Cook pasta 1 minute less than required cooking time on package.

  3. Combine basil, pistachio, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and romano cheese in a blender. Pulse on medium high for 15 seconds. Turn blender to medium speed and slowly drizzle in the remaining olive oil to emulsify the pesto. Add ice cubes and blend to combine. Pour pesto into a large mixing bowl.

  4. Drain pasta and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Add pasta and pasta cooking water to pesto.

  5. Top with the heirloom tomatoes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
27g Fat
49g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 216mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.