Delicious Pesto Pasta Salad in Under 10 Minutes

by Alli

Pesto Pasta Salad is written by me on behalf of Barilla. All opinions are entirely my own. 

Once the weather warms up, I’m all about light and easy meals that take very little time in the kitchen. I would much rather be outside working in my flower garden or watching the grandkids play baseball. Pesto Pasta Salad is delicious and convenient when we need a quick, nutritious meal before heading outside.

Pesto Pasta Salad

My Pesto Pasta Salad begins with Barilla Ready Pasta.  It’s cooked in the microwave and is ready in only 60 seconds.

I love that Barilla Ready Pasta is made with three simple ingredients – sea salt, olive oil, and pasta. Each package is two servings, which is the perfect size for my husband and me. Whenever I have company over, I just double or triple the recipe.

My husband and I try to follow the Mediterranean Diet because we can enjoy pasta in reasonable quantities. I’m impressed that Barilla stands for the joy of healthy and pleasurable eating and that they believe true Italian pasta is the best recipe for good living. So do I!

Helpful Hint: You can find Barilla Ready Pasta and Barilla Basil Pesto Sauce in the pasta aisle at your local Walmart.

Now – Let’s make Pesto Pasta Salad in less than 10 minutes!

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad Ingredients

Toast pine nuts in a small pan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Be careful not to burn them.

Toast Pine Nuts for Pesto Pasta Salad

Cook Barilla Ready Pasta in the microwave according to the package directions.

How to Make Pesto Pasta Salad

Chop the basil and halve the tomatoes while the pasta is cooking.

Prepare ingredients for Pesto Pasta Salad

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, pesto, tomatoes, broccoli, and basil.

How to Make Pesto Pasta Salad

Top with pine nuts before serving.

Pesto Pasta Salad is ready to serve!

Yield: 2 Servings

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is ready to serve!

Pesto Pasta Salad is a quick and easy salad featuring toasted pine nuts, tomatoes, and broccoli.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 package Barilla Ready Pasta (Rotini)
  • 1/4 cup Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 6 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets, steamed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil leaves


  1. Toast pine nuts in a small pan over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring often or shaking pan until golden.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions on the package.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, pesto, tomatoes, steamed broccoli and basil. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 345Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 8mgSodium 179mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 10g

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I’m such a pasta lover and thanks to Barilla Ready Pasta and the Mediterranean Diet, we enjoy Pesto Pasta Salad all year long. It’s simple to make, full of flavor, and ready in less than 1o minutes. My husband says it’s a winner and I totally agree.

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Tomi C April 27, 2018 - 9:36 am

Pasta salad is great for gatherings but the only thing I hate is boiling the pasta. I will have to look for this Barilla Ready Pasta at my grocery store and give it a try. Oh and love the pesta spin on your recipe Alli.

Melissa Chapman April 27, 2018 - 9:40 am

It is great that you follow the Mediterranian Diet it has been shown to be so healthy. This pasta pesto salad looks so tasty and all healthy ingredients. I need to make it soon.

Jeanettte April 27, 2018 - 9:42 am

You had me at make this in less than 10 minutes! If I can make a meal in less than 10 minutes that is healthy and filling and taste great I am all for it. I cannot wait to try this.

Carol Cassara April 27, 2018 - 10:07 am

I’m all about that pasta salad! It’s definitely something that I can easily make especially since it only takes 10 minutes. I also love recipes like this during Spring and Summer cause they’re light and fresh!

Karen Morse April 27, 2018 - 12:51 pm

I love that this pasta is already cooked and swimming in some yummy pesto sauce! This is definitely a good go-to meal when you don’t have a lot of time to cook!

Amber Myers April 27, 2018 - 3:20 pm

I am going to try this. We love pasta salad here. It’s the perfect side dish!

Sarah Bailey April 27, 2018 - 3:39 pm

There is nothing like a good pasta salad and I bet the pesto adds such an absolutely wonderful flavour to this!

wendy April 27, 2018 - 6:08 pm

This is making me want summer to arrive faster! I love the crunch of pine nuts in dishes like this. Pesto makes a great flavor!

Alison Rost April 27, 2018 - 8:32 pm

So convenient and easy! I’m going to be on the look out for this pasta! It looks really awesome and you can do so many recipes with it too! Thanks for the quick and easy pesto pasta salad!

Hannah Mitchell April 28, 2018 - 1:08 pm

Wow in only under 10 minutes is very impressive. I will be able to do this in the mornings to pack for my lunch for that day. Thank you!

Jeanine April 28, 2018 - 5:55 pm

I need to try this! Looks so good and I know I won’t get any complaints from my family! So win!

Kita Bryant April 28, 2018 - 11:52 pm

I love cooking with pesto. It is such an underrated ingredient!

Sara Welch April 29, 2018 - 12:19 am

This is an awesome dish for picnics. Pasta salad is always a smart choice; love the pesto!

Ricci April 29, 2018 - 9:01 am

This pasta salad sounds delicious! I haven’t tried that pasta yet but I need to! It looks so easy to use!!

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh April 29, 2018 - 4:17 pm

I have to say I love pesto, and your pasta salad looks so good! I have seen this pasta on a commercial, and I totally wondered how it turned out. I’ll have to get some!

Debra Hawkins April 29, 2018 - 4:36 pm

This sounds absolutely amazing! I love PEsto! We put it on pasta at least once a week!

Heather April 29, 2018 - 10:39 pm

I’m such a huge pesto fan! I definitely have to try this. It looks so yummy!

Kimberly May 23, 2018 - 4:52 am

This looks absolutely delicious.. have to try it!

Jessica June 29, 2018 - 9:12 am

I love easy, quick and healthy meals. Pesto pasta is a family favorite, thank you, Alli, for sharing this! 🙂


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