Easy Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe

One of my family’s favorite flavors is pesto, so when I was asked to create two pesto dishes sponsored by Barilla it was easy to come up with recipes my family loves: Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad and Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes. Yum! 

At 18 weeks pregnant, I am all about easy recipes. Oh, who am I kidding — I am always all about easy recipes. And nothing could be easier than these pesto-based dishes. And the Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad can be made ahead of time, so it is ready to serve right out of the fridge. (It’s also great multiplied for a pot luck – if you are so inclined.) 

Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad

Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad


  • 1 cup Barilla Organic Penne Pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup pearl mozzarella balls 
  • 2 tablespoons Barilla Pesto Sauce

Pesto Caprese Pasta Ingredients


After cooking and cooling the pasta add tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto and stir until well combined.

Serve immediately or chill in fridge until ready to serve. 

Serves 2

Wanna see just how easy this recipe is? Video proof.

From a cold pasta to baked tomatoes, pesto sauce is a versatile flavor. The Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes are a great hot appetizers. 

Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes 


  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons Barilla Pesto Sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes Ingredients


Slice tomatoes in half and spread 1/2 tablespoon of pesto on each half. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 

Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes. 

Serve warm. 

Serves 2 – 3 

Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

If your family loves pesto and pasta as much as mine, you will be happy to learn that Barilla Organic Pasta 6 pack and Barilla Pesto Sauce 2 pack are now available at #BJsWholesale.

The @BarillaUS Organic Pasta bundle is certified USDA organic and includes three boxes of penne and three boxes of spaghetti so you can create all kinds of dishes for your family. The organic pasta is Barilla’s newest line of pasta and is made with the highest quality ingredients and no GMOs. It is the perfect combination for a hot or cold dishes with the delicious taste you expect from Italy’s #1 brand of pasta #BarillaOrganic.

The Barilla Pesto Sauce is made with simple ingredients like sweet basil, aromatic herbs, and extra
virgin olive oil deliciously blended together for a rich taste and thick texture. And as you can see from these recipes, it is just as good served cold as it is hot #BarillaPesto. For more recipes, visit Barilla.com

Barilla Organic Pasta and Pesto

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla Pasta Company. The opinions and text expressed in this posting are all mine and are not shared by the organization.



7 thoughts on “Easy Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe”

  1. Some great recipes. The Easy Pesto Caprese Pasta Salad really sounds delicious and pretty easy to make. Going to give it a try.

  2. I love the idea of making the Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes for an easy Girls Night In appetizer. They look delicious and relatively healthy.

  3. I never thought of doing something like the Pesto Parmesan Baked Tomatoes before. It kind of reminds me of stuffed peppers and sounds interesting. The pasta also looks good!

  4. Yum, this looks like something the whole family would really like. Best of all, it looks like it would be easy to make ,haha.


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