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Caprese pasta salad in a white serving bowl with cherry tomatoes and basil beside.

Caprese Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 1083kcal
Author: Catalina
Caprese Pasta Salad is made with bow tie pasta, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, all soaked in a delicious pesto sauce.

Ingredients

For Pesto:

  • 6 cups fresh basil leaves with stems removed
  • 1 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

For Pasta Salad:

  • 12 ounces bow tie pasta measured when dry
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 1 cup basil pesto refrigerated
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 cups fresh mozzarella pearls
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Garnish:

  • Basil Leaves
  • Pine nuts optional

Instructions

For Pesto:

  • Add the basil, garlic cloves, and walnuts to a food processor and blend until finely minced.
  • Reduce speed to low and gradually add the olive oil, blending until smooth.
  • Add the grated parmesan cheese, and pulsate a few times to combine.
  • Scoop the pesto into a jar with a lid or use it immediately.

For Salad:

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions, aiming for al dente.
  • Drain it and run under cold water to cool it down. Drain very well.
  • Place the pasta in a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour the pesto on top and toss to coat evenly.
  • Serve, topped with additional pine nuts and basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 1083kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 87g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2746IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 428mg | Iron: 3mg