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Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.



Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is a tasty macaroni salad recipe perfect for summer potlucks and barbecues.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

This pasta salad has a creamy dressing made with mayo and basil pesto.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

This basil pesto macaroni salad takes less than thirty minutes from start to finish to prepare and serves eight to ten people.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

Printable Recipe Card with a Full List of Ingredients and Instructions is Located at the Bottom of the Post.

Be sure to read through the entire post so that you don’t miss out on any important tips and tricks!

To make this pasta salad, I started by cooking some macaroni noodles according to the directions on the package.

Then I drained the noodles and rinsed them with cold water to cool them down.

cooked macaroni noodles in a colander

Once the noodles were cold, I gently dabbed them with paper towels to soak up any remaining water.

Then I dumped the cooked noodles into a large mixing bowl.

cooked macaroni noodles in a mixing bowl

I added some mayo to the bowl.

mayo on top of cooked macaroni noodles in a mixing bowl

Then I added some salt, pepper, onion powder and basil pesto to the bowl.

basil pesto, mayo and spices on top of cooked macaroni noodles in a mixing bowl

I stirred until all of the noodles were coated in mayo.

macaroni coated with mayo and basil pesto mixture in a mixing bowl

Then I added some diced red onion and slivered almonds to the bowl.

diced red onions and slivered almonds on top of macaroni salad in a mixing bowl

I stirred until all of the ingredients were fully combined.

Then I added some shredded mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese to the bowl.

shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top of basil pesto macaroni salad in a mixing bowl

I stirred well again.

basil pesto macaroni salad after stirring in a large mixing bowl

This macaroni salad can be served immediately or stored in the refrigerator for later.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

This pasta salad with basil pesto and Parmesan cheese is simple but packed with flavour.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

If you are looking for an easy macaroni salad recipe, then you need to try this Basil Pesto Pasta Salad!

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

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PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE RECIPE CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make This Basil Pesto Pasta Salad:

  • 1 lb macaroni noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups mayo
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp basil pesto
  • 1 cup diced red onions
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

How to Make Basil Pesto Pasta Salad:

  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water to cool them down.
  3. Once the noodles are cold, gently dab them with paper towel to soak up any remaining water.
  4. Dump the cooked noodles into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the mayo, salt, pepper, onion powder and basil pesto to the mixing bowl.
  6. Stir until all of the noodles are coated in mayo.
  7. Add the diced red onions and slivered almonds to the bowl.
  8. Stir well.
  9. Add the shredded mozzarella and Parmesan to the bowl and stir well again.
  10. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
  11. Enjoy!

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Yield: 8-10 people

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

Basil Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy cold side dish recipe loaded with diced red onions, slivered almonds, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese all tossed in mayo and basil pesto.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb macaroni noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups mayo
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp basil pesto
  • 1 cup diced red onions
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water to cool them down.
  3. Once the noodles are cold, gently dab them with paper towel to soak up any remaining water.
  4. Dump the cooked noodles into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the mayo, salt, pepper, onion powder and basil pesto to the mixing bowl.
  6. Stir until all of the noodles are coated in mayo.
  7. Add the diced red onions and slivered almonds to the bowl.
  8. Stir well.
  9. Add the shredded mozzarella and Parmesan to the bowl and stir well again.
  10. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
  11. Enjoy!

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