Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod

You only need 5 ingredients to make this easy Pesto Pasta Salad! It is the perfect pasta salad for summertime!

Pesto Pasta Salad

This post is sponsored by DeLallo.

Summer Pasta Salad

Who is ready for summer? Both of my hands are raised. Our boys are currently working on our summer bucket list and they have come up with some fun ideas. It is going to be a busy summer, but I don’t mind being busy if it is all fun. Of course, we will still be working to make sure you guys have delicious recipes to eat all summer, but good food is fun to me:) I love my job!


Speaking of good food, you guys are going to LOVE this Pesto Pasta Salad. It is the perfect summer pasta salad recipe and guess what, you only need FIVE ingredients! During the summer, we are all about easy meals because we are too busy having fun and this salad is super easy and SO delicious!

Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

Easy Pasta Salad

This easy pasta salad is one of our favorite recipes during the summer when we aren’t in the mood to cook but still want a delicious meal. It takes 20 minutes tops to make and you only need the following five ingredients:

We love using DeLallo’s whole wheat pasta, it is the BEST whole wheat pasta, even our boys love it. If you need the pasta salad to be gluten-free, you can use DeLallo’s gluten-free pasta, it is really good too. We use Fusilli pasta, but you can use your favorite shape.

I love making homemade pesto, but when I am feeling lazy, DeLallo’s basil pesto always comes to the rescue. We always have a jar in our pantry for emergencies:)

We like to use fresh mozzarella bocconcini, the small balls of mozzarella cheese for this recipe. If you can’t find it, you can use regular mozzarella, just cut it into bite size pieces.

All of these ingredients come together to create a delicious pasta salad that is bursting with summer flavors.

Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

How to Make Pesto Pasta Salad

I know most people don’t like to cook during the hot summer months, but don’t worry, this pasta salad doesn’t require a lot of cooking. All you have to do is boil pasta, super simple! After the pasta is done cooking, rinse it with cold water. This is a cold pasta salad, making it perfect for summertime. And after it is all put together you can keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat. You can make it in the morning and eat it for lunch or dinner. I love that this recipe can be made in advance!

Take it easy this summer and make this Pesto Pasta Salad for lunch, dinner, and all of your summer parties and potlucks! It is a hit every time!

How to Make Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

This easy pasta salad is a summertime favorite! Enjoy it for lunch, dinner, or take it to a potluck to share with friends and family.

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes



  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain the pasta in a colander and rinse well with cold water; drain again and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  2. Add the pesto and stir until the pasta is well coated. Stir in the tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.

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