Pesto Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today for Sunday Supper we are sharing with you our favorite Mother’s Day recipes.  I went with a classic Pesto Pasta Salad which is perfect for serving for brunch on Mother’s Day!  I love it and I have to admit, it’s the best pesto sauce I have ever made.

Pesto Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

This pasta dish is made with fresh basil from my garden, cherry tomatoes and marinated Mozzarella Balls that I purchased from Trader Joe’s.  I love the Mozzarella Balls!  I also used a spiral pasta because it holds the pesto flavor very well.  The dish is light, refreshing and perfect for a main salad or as a side dish.  We served it with chicken on the side.  It is a win, win recipe in this house!

Pesto Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Pesto Pasta Salad
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A light, summery pasta salad made with homemade pesto, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella.
Recipe type: Pasta Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12 cups
  • 6 cups spiral pasta
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 12 mozzarella balls, cut in half
  1. In a large pot add about 8 cups of water. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain pasta and add to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, to prevent sticking. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese. On low speed, drizzle olive oil and process until combined. Pour over cooked pasta and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add tomatoes and cheese to pasta and season with salt if desired.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 328 Fat: 20 Carbohydrates: 29 Sugar: 1.3 Sodium: 101 Fiber: 2 Protein: 8

Pesto Pasta Salad #SundaySupper Today I won’t be celebrating Mother’s Day with my Mom.  She lives in North Carolina, and I am here in California.  I do miss her dearly and I wanted to wish her the best Mother’s Day ever!  Love you Mom!!

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Have a wonderful Sunday!



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  1. Renee Dobbs says

    Such a great salad for summer. I can’t wait to make pesto with my basil plants.

  2. I love serving pasta salads as sides instead of potatoes during the summer. Have a very Happy Mother’s Day.

  3. pesto is very popular in our family, too! looks like a great salad.

  4. taranoland says

    I have a jar of pesto in the pantry, this will soon be making an appearance on our menu, thank you!!

  5. I just planted my basil yesterday! I can’t wait to harvest it and make your fabulous salad!!!

  6. I love this salad! Nothing better than pesto and tomatoes — bright and fresh and perfect for Mother’s Day!

  7. It’s super foggy outside, and this dish makes me feel like summer in Tahoe. Sunny and warm. It’s just the type of dish I love – and perfect for a potluck!!

  8. Looks wonderful and love that you can use fresh basil from your garden!

  9. Great idea Jennifer! You can’t go wrong with pesto and pasta!

  10. Hi Jennifer! Happy mother’s day! this salad looks gorgeous!

  11. I LOVE pesto and can’t wait till we have enough fresh basil to make some. Thanks for this recipe and thanks, too, for posting during my first hosting experience. What fun!

  12. Oooo yum, this looks great for dinner tonight with the lemon chix i was going to make, and for lunch tomorrow! Thanks Miss jennifer!
    Have a great day!


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