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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