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caprese pesto pasta salad [gluten free]

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Creamy, fresh pesto and basil tossed over gluten-free pasta with mozzarella and tomato.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 348kcal


  • 1 lb. penne pasta (or farfalle, orecchiette, etc) - gluten-free, optional
  • 1 cup pesto - homemade or store bought
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella - ciliegine, bocconcini, pearls, etc
  • 1 1/2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, torn or finely chopped - chiffonade
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil - optional


  • To a large pot, boil water and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • To a large mixing bowl, combine cooked pasta, pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving, drizzle in 1 tablespoon olive oil and mix well. Serve and enjoy


Serving: 1g | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Fiber: 3g
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