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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


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.



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


  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


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