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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water, just until al dente, about 7 to 9 minutes. Drain.

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  • 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.

Tips

*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

285 calories; protein 11.2g; carbohydrates 24.8g; fat 15.8g; cholesterol 29.2mg; sodium 269.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2017
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 feta cheese plus I'm adding chicken. I'd suggest that using very sweet tomatoes is a good idea for flavor balance. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2017
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 feta cheese plus I'm adding chicken. I'd suggest that using very sweet tomatoes is a good idea for flavor balance. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2020
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2020
I made this for my daughter & me who moved away from NW PA and missed Wegmans deli version. Very tasty but 8 oz pasta seemed light for all of the tomatoes and cheese so I doubled the penne & pesto. Also cut string cheese longways and sliced to simulate the pearls. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2020
It was very good and I am sharing the recipe with my mom. She will love it too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2018
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 taste. Was done in minutes! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2018
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2017
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2018
I eliminated the olives because they are just disgusting..otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Turned out pretty good! Will make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2020
Very tasty recipe. Only change I made was using dry Knorr creamy pesto sauce mix instead of prepared pesto. Loved it! Read More
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