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Quick and easy pesto pasta meal

Pasta salad is a delicious summer dish that can be served up as a stand-alone meal, or added to a main meal as a side salad. This recipe for pesto pasta salad is always a hit at BBQ’s and dinner parties, as the zesty flavours complement a range of other food types. Consider serving it up at your next shindig – it goes perfectly with barbequed snags!

pesto sauce

Pesto Pasta Salad

Serves 4


  • 1/3 cup pesto (see below for recipe)
  • 250 grams pasta spirals
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green capsicum, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Cook pasta as per the packet instructions. Drain.
  2. Mix the vinegar and pesto together until well blended.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to the pasta in a large bowl and mix well. Serve on its own or as a side dish!

fresh basil leavesPesto sauce recipe


  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2-3 medium garlic cloves
  • 75g ounces grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Process on high speed till evenly chopped and mixed.
  3. Makes about three cups; use in pastas, on sandwiches and as a dipping sauce.

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