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Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

This Italian Pesto Pasta Salad is a quick and easy pasta salad with few ingredients. This pasta salad is made with pasta, pesto, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, basil and topped with a big ball of creamy burrata cheese.

Save this easy pasta salad recipe for your next barbeque of whip up a batch to go with lunch all week long. 

Pesto pasta salad in a white bowl with blue rim with burrata cheese and two spoons

In some ways I feel like I grew up on pasta salad. If my fam was having any kind of barbecue or outdoor party, there would 100% be a vat of pasta salad.

It was usually made with tri-color noodles, blocks of cheddar cheese and swimming in red wine vinaigrette. This is exactly how my Mom made it and I can still picture myself sitting on the side of the pool, sunburned, gobbling up a second bowl of pasta salad.

While I still love this kind of pasta salad, the flavor opportunities are endless!

If you’re in a pinch and need a side dish FAST, pasta salad always saves the day. You need minimal ingredients and you can add in any vegetables that you have. This Italian Pesto Pasta Salad focuses on the bright fresh flavors of spring and summer.

It’s made with fresh homemade pesto, bright and juicy heirloom tomatoes and topped with a creamy ball of burrata cheese. It’s as flavorful as it is beautiful and perfect for making a batch for the week or a weekend barbecue. 

Pasta, pesto, tomatoes, Parmesan, and basil in a white bowl with blue rim

Ingredients for Italian Pesto Pasta Salad with Burrata 

  • Bow Tie Pasta
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves 
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pesto…See how to make a homemade batch here!
  • Burrata Cheese

Pasta, pesto, tomatoes, Parmesan, and basil in a white bowl with blue rim

How to make Italian Pesto Pasta Salad with Burrata 

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add in pasta and cook for 8-9 minutes or according to package directions for ‘al dente’. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large serving bowl toss together cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, parmesan cheese and pesto until combined. 
  3. Allow pasta salad to marinate for 20-30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to come together. Just before serving top with a torn ball of burrata cheese

Pesto pasta salad in a white bowl with blue rim with burrata cheese

Tips for making great pasta salad!

  • Cook your pasta al dente– The last thing you want is a mushy pasta salad. Cooking your pasta al dente will ensure the noodles hold up to the mix-ins and the dressing without getting soggy. 
  • Make sure everything is bite-size– For any pasta salad (macaroni too!) keep everything roughly the same size cut so that you get a bit of each flavor in each bite. 
  • Let everything marinate before serving– I like to give the salad at least 20-30 minutes to marinate together and develop before serving. 

Pesto pasta salad in a white bowl with blue rim with burrata cheese and two spoons

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Pesto pasta salad in a white bowl with blue rim with burrata cheese and two spoons

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This Italian Pesto Pasta Salad is a quick and easy pasta salad with few ingredients. This pasta salad is made with pasta, pesto, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, basil and topped with a big ball of creamy burrata cheese.


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Ingredients

1 lb dried pasta, I used bowties!

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

810 fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

11.5 cup pesto homemade

12 balls of burrata


Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add in pasta and cook for 8-9 minutes or according to package directions for ‘al dente’. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large serving bowl toss together cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, parmesan cheese and pesto until combined. Taste test to see if you need to add a bit more pesto depending on your noodle size!
  3. Allow pasta salad to marinate for 20-30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to come together. Just before serving top with a torn ball of burrata cheese

Notes

You can make your pesto homemade with these easy recipe or use a store bought option if you’re short on time. 

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