Orzo Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Orzo Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

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"This colorful orzo pasta salad with fresh mozzarella cheese is ready to serve in less than 30 minutes."
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25 m servings 546 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 546 kcal
  • 27%
  • Fat:
  • 29.5 g
  • 45%
  • Carbs:
  • 47.6g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 25.4 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 432 mg
  • 17%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season with salt. Cook pasta 1 minute under required cooking time, drain and toss with 2 tbsp olive oil. Place on sheet tray to cool down.
  2. In a blender combine garlic, 1/2 pine nuts, and basil, pulse for a few seconds. Slowly drizzle in remaining olive oil to emulsify the pesto. Add half the Parmigiano and pulse, season with salt and pepper, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine, pesto and pasta and stir to incorporate. Fold in remaining cheeses, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts.



This was a great use of the abundance of basil I have growing in the garden. I made two small changes to this recipe. I used red cherry tomatoes because I couldn’t find any yellow, which in the...

We loved this! I used a different type of pasta, red cherry tomatoes, and didn't have garlic but otherwise followed the recipe, and it was delicious. Used about 10 - 15 larger leaves from my b...

Loved this salad but did customize it after burning the only pine nuts I had.. Worked out well using almonds. I also doubled the garlic and added light golden vinegar to taste. The vinegar r...