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Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

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"This yummy pesto pasta salad is perfect to make when you have fresh basil and tomatoes in the garden."
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1 h 50 m servings 349
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fusilli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta, rinse in cold water, and return to the pot. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent sticking. Set aside.
  2. Combine basil, parsley, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until combined. Add toasted pine nuts and lemon juice and pulse until well combined. Add Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup olive oil while processor is running; blend well. Season pesto with salt and pepper.
  3. Place pasta into a large mixing bowl and stir in pesto. Add 1/4 cup reserved pasta water to thin slightly and continue to mix until pasta is thoroughly coated; add more pasta water as needed. Mix tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, celery, and onion into the salad until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to blend together, or eat right away.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use toasted walnuts instead of pine nuts, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 349 calories; 16.2 37.9 15.4 18 235 Full nutrition

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