Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

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July 8, 2017

Easy Pesto Pasta Salad in bowlThis is a simple and easy to make pasta salad or served as a side dish. To make this a more satisfying pasta main dish, you can add chicken breast, sausage, meatballs, or some other protein of your choice. Its a perfect meal when you don't have much time.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5-7 people


  • 7 null pesto sauce
  • 12 oz bruschetta
  • 7.5 oz artichoke halves
  • crumbed feta cheese
  • null chicken sausage
  • 1 package gemelli pasta
  • 1/2 gal water
  • dash salt
Easy Pesto Pasta Salad ingredients


  1. In a large pot, add water and dash of salt to a boil. Boil pasta for 10 minutes. Read your pasta instructions to see how long your pasta takes to boil.
  2. water in pan
    adding pasta to boiling water
    pasta in boiling water
  3. While pasta is boiling, prep the sauce. My preference, I like to chop the marinated grilled artichoke halves smaller.
  4. artichoke halves in jar
    artichokes cut in half

  5. In a large bowl, pour the bruschetta sauce in, artichoke, pesto and mix.
  6. mixing pasta sauce and artichoke halves
    adding pesto to artichoke halves and pasta sauce
    mixing and pasta sauce
  7. Optional: For protein, I sliced Garlic Herb Chicken Sausage and cooked on the griddle for a couple of minutes.
  8. cutting sausage
    cooking sausage on grill
  9. After 10 minutes of boiling the pasta, turn off heat and drain.
  10. cooked pasta in pan
  11. The bowl with the mixed sauce, pour into pot and mix until evenly tossed.
  12. Pesto Pasta Salad in pan
    added pasta sauce mixture to pasta

  13. Optional: Top pasta off with crumbled feta cheese.
  14. feta cheese in container
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