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Caprese Pasta Salad

All the best things about caprese but less fancy, kid-friendly, and in the form of a pasta salad.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 330 kcal


  • 16 oz pasta of your choice like macaroni
  • 8 oz pesto store-bought or homemade
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half the long way
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese fresh "pearls" or cubes
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • balsamic vinegar to taste


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Add to a large bowl and set aside.
  • Cut up mozzarella (if needed) and tomatoes. Add to the bowl.
  • Prepare your pesto (if making from scratch) and/or mix it in the bowl with other ingredients.
  • Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle in balsamic vinegar (to taste).
  • Serve (slightly warm or cold) and top with basil (optional). There will be lots of leftovers if following portions above! Enjoy!
Keyword easy, egg free, quick, vegetarian