Packed full of flavour, this pesto pasta salad with bocconcini is a delicious meal on its own, or a side dish for BBQs and family dinners.
It’s salad season baby, and by salad I mean copious amounts of pasta covered in delicious pesto… right?
This one is budget-friendly, easy to make (you seriously don’t even have to make your own pesto if you don’t want to, and at $1.90 a jar, I can understand why you wouldn’t!). Make and take to a party, or make on a Sunday, and eat for lunches throughout the week.
Pesto Pasta Salad
What goes with pesto pasta salad? I think you can’t go past a BBQ chicken with this dish, you could even shred the chicken and toss is through. Alternatively a nice fillet of cooked salmon makes for a fresh, filling dinner idea.
Can I make it ahead of time? Absolutely. This pasta salad is a recipe that you can definitely make ahead of time. You want the pasta to be cold, so it has to be made ahead. You can make it the day before and store in an air-tight container.
How do I make my own pesto? Making your own pesto is so easy, especially if you’re growing your own basil at home and want to use it up. I generally just toss basil leaves, parmesan, olive oil, garlic cloves, toasted pine nuts, and a little salt into a blender and blitz. If you want to follow a recipe, this is a good one.
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