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Penne Pesto Pasta Salad

Rated as 4.57 out of 5 Stars

"Penne pasta is tossed with basil pesto, mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and black olives for a colorful and delicious pasta salad."
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25 m servings 285
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water, just until al dente, about 7 to 9 minutes. Drain.
  2. Combine pasta and pesto in large bowl. Stir in mozzarella, tomatoes, Parmesan and olives. Chill until ready to serve. Serve garnished with basil sprigs, if desired.


  • *Mozzarella Pearls (perline) are pearl-sized portions of cheese. Mozzarella Pearls can be substituted by cutting an 8 ounce mozzarella ball (pallini) into 84 pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 285 calories; 15.8 24.8 11.2 29 269 Full nutrition

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Made this as written (I did add more pesto though) and it was delicious - the leftovers were even better! This lends itself to customization so I'm making it today using kalamata olives and fet...

The meal was delicious. I have been trying to increase my fiber. Instead of ancient grains, are used chickpea pasta. This was a super bowl side dish. It made a touchdown.

Very easy & Awesome for parties. If you dont have mozzarella pearls, you can slice string cheese sideways into little circles. I added orange bell pepper for more color & crunch. Next time I mig...

Made this at the beginning of summer and got rave reviews but, unfortunately, didn't save it and I have made 3 others from different websites. Thank God I finally found the original- Excellent!

I eliminated the olives, because they are just disgusting..otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Turned out pretty good! Will make it again!

Very easy to make. I used organic pasta and pesto from Costco and. I prefer to lightly saute the tomatoes so its a little bit soft. I added more pesto and suggest that you add according to your ...

Made it as written. In looking for something simple that my picky eater would like, it was very good! I will be making this again, but will add a little salt and pepper to taste.