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Pasta Salad with Pesto Recipe

Pasta Salad with Pesto

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"Pesto pasta salad with grilled sausage, fresh tomatoes, bell pepper, and mozzarella cheese makes a tasty addition to your summer barbeque."

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  1. Cook sausage in large skillet or on grill until browned; let cool. Cut in half lengthwise; cut each half into 1/4 inch slices and set aside. Cook penne according to package directions; drain. Toss in large bowl with butter to prevent sticking.
  2. To prepare pesto sauce, place garlic cloves in food processor with metal blade or in blender; process until smooth. Add basil and parsley; process until finely chopped. Add pine nuts; process until finely chopped. With motor running, slowly add olive oil in fine, steady stream. Add Parmesan cheese and black pepper; process until well blended, scraping down side as needed.
  3. To assemble salad, toss sausage, tomatoes, bell pepper, olives and mozzarella cheese with penne. Gradually stir in pesto until salad is moist but not saturated. Serve salad on lettuce-lined platter, if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 10, 2008

My husband and I gave this recipe a strong 7, based on a scale from 1-10 (10 being the best). Next time we make it, we will use a little less olive oil and more black pepper. Other than that, it was very tasty. It will definitely become a recipe in the permanent family recipe book.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 10, 2009

I was looking for a cold pasta salad dish, this was not it. This dish is much tastier warm. Also, the sausage was overpowering. If i make it again, i will use much less sausage or leave it out.


15 Ratings

Jul 02, 2009

This recipe puts a different spin on pasta salad. I replace ingredients 3 thru 10 with about 5 ounces bottled pesto sauce and add a squirt of italian dressing for some zip. Shared the recipe with several friends and their families loved it too!

Jun 28, 2009

I loved this recipe! I am already planning on making it for an upcoming party. It was full of flavor and easy to make. I would recommend anyone to make this for parties, potlucks. It makes a lot and is such a great tasty dish you have to share.

Aug 03, 2009

I've learned to make my own pesto sauce and we I liked it. Didn't have the nuts or sausage or a lot of the ingredients, but we made a poor mans version and the pesto was right on. Thanks!

Jun 23, 2010

This is a winner at our house, especially in the summer months. I just buy premade pesto, and I do add some Italian salad dressing.

Jun 01, 2010

I made this for a group of people many of them are picky eaters and it went over very well. And I loved it. I used fresh cilantro instead of parsley and I skipped the mozzarella all together. I used a combination of black olives and kalamata olives which was a nice touch.

May 12, 2011

it was good, but it was wierd eating sausage with it...maybe kielbsa sausage would be better, also added a little italian dressing to the pasta dish


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  • Calories
  • 478 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.1 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 27.8 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 19.8 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 479 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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