Saturday, December 6, 2014

Trader Joe's Pesto Pasta Salad Genoese

Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy-to-prepare Italian style dish that tastes good hot or cold. Our recipe calls for fresh ingredients from Trader Joe's, but you can easily substitute similar items.

We make lots of pasta salads at our house, and Pesto Pasta Salad Genoese is one of the easiest recipes by far. The secret is bite-sized grape tomatoes and Ciliegine Mozzarella balls, available from our local Trader Joe's.

My husband is of Genoese ancestry--he's super picky about prepared pesto sauces. In fact, he usually makes his own from fresh basil that he grows in the garden. Trader Giotto's Genova Pesto tastes just as good, and a 5-ounce tub will generously coat and flavor a pound of pasta. I chose fusilli for this recipe because the pesto sauce gets caught in all the nooks and crannies of the spirals. However, I've made this same pesto salad with many other types of pasta, including penne, shells, and farfalle. The best part is, my husband actually thinks I'm a good cook. Thank you, Trader Joe's!


  • 1 pound Trader Giotto's Organic Fusilli Pasta
  • 16-oz package Trader Joe's Mini Pearl Grape Tomatoes
  • 7-oz tub Trader Giotto's Genova Pesto
  • 8-oz tub Trader Joe's Ciliegine Mozzarella
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish


  1. Rinse tomatoes and Mozzarella in a colander
  2. Bring four quarts of salted water to a rolling boil
  3. Lower heat slightly, add pasta and cook for 9 minutes
  4. Drain pasta and return to pan
  5. Add pesto and stir with a wooden spoon until pasta is fully coated
  6. Add tomatoes and Mozzarella to pasta and mix together
  7. Transfer pasta mixture to serving dish
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Garnish with fresh basil

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Ready to Serve in: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings

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by Cherie Mercer Twohy

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