5-Ingredient Pasta Salad

May 5, 2014 by Ali

This 5-Ingredient Pasta Salad recipe is super (duper) easy to make, and full of fresh flavors everyone will love! This is also a sponsored post from DeLallo.

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- super quick and easy, super flavorful, and SUPER good! | gimmesomeoven.com

One of my favorite things about my book club is how we rotate houses each month. I love — like, love — getting to spend time in my friends’ homes!

I love getting to have a context for where they spend their days and nights. I love getting to check out their decorating styles, and hear the stories behind old photos, and take in all of the thousand little details they choose to make a house a home. I love getting to say hey to husbands and roommates, and snuggle with cute pups and cats. I love squeezing our big book club into small living rooms, and cozying up in the little nooks where my friends probably read our books. And of course, I love all of the home-cooked food we get to enjoy in these homes.

That’s right, no restaurant meet-ups for our club. We dig random smorgasbords enjoyed in the comfort of one another’s living room, sometimes featuring lots of homemade dishes, often featuring more last-minute-Trader-Joe’s-appetizer runs, usually with plenty of wine to go around, and always with good friends and good bookish conversations a-plenty.

My contribution last month? This stellar 5-ingredient pasta salad.

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- super quick and easy, super flavorful, and SUPER good! | gimmesomeoven.com

Our book club house of the month for April was my friend Kerry’s, which happens to be about 45 minutes outside of town in Lawrence, KS. So I knew that anything I made would need to survive a nice little car ride, as well as our little hipster soda shop visit beforehand, where we created our own six-packs with some of the 1000 (1000!) kinds of retro and modern sodas they had on hand. (I went a little crazy in the ginger beer section!)

Still, I was craving something fresh and spring-y, and had a bunch of arugula in the fridge. So I decided to dig into my DeLallo drawer (yes, I have an entire drawer in my kitchen full of DeLallo products) and try out this 5-ingredient idea on my friends.

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- super quick and easy, super flavorful, and SUPER good! | gimmesomeoven.com

The ingredients were super simple:

  • whole wheat pasta (DeLallo’s is the only kind I love — the BEST!)
  • fresh arugula (my favorite green, which provides great flavor in pasta salads)
  • fresh mozzarella (you could also use shredded cheese)
  • roasted red peppers (sweet and smoky and perfect)
  • DeLallo’s traditional basil pesto

Now, I have to say one quick word about this pesto. I’ve admittedly been pretty anti-jarred-pesto for years, especially when it comes to basil pesto. More often that not, it seems like the stuff you buy at the store is lacking in flavor, color and freshness. Sure, it can work if you’re in a bind, but I always found it to be more than a little “meh”.


Once again, this brand has made a believer out of me. First it was with whole wheat pasta. Now, jarred pesto. Theirs is seriously good. Not I’m-in-a-bind-and-it’s-passable-good. Like, I-would-willingly-buy-and-use-it-often-good. And brag-to-everyone-at-book-club-that-can-you-believe-this-pesto-is-from-a-jar??-GOOD.

In a nutshell, it is the closest thing I’ve found to tasting like fresh pasta. It’s green. It’s packed with flavor. And that flavor tastes really fresh – perfectly basil-y, cheesy, and nutty. I was also interested to learn that it’s made with a mixture of pine nuts and cashews, which I really loved. But bottom line, it’s just really yummy.

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- super quick and easy, super flavorful, and SUPER good! | gimmesomeoven.com

So long story short, I knew the pesto would hold its own and make this 5-ingredient recipe taste like 5 million bucks.

And no surprise, it did.

The pasta was delicious and chewy. Those sweet roasted reds were amazing (and a fun twist instead of tomatoes!). The arugula was perfectly peppery and pretty. The cheese was cheesy. And man, the whole thing was just tasty.

In a book club where we take group polls on books with thumb votes, my friends gave it a definite two (or twenty!) thumbs up. And I was a fan because it took an entire five minutes to prepare.

Definitely good food for a good night, with a good book, in a good home, with good friends. Just how I like it.

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- super quick and easy, super flavorful, and SUPER good! | gimmesomeoven.com

5-Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 4-6 servings



Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water al dente, according to package instructions. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot.

In a large serving bowl, toss pasta with the remaining ingredients until combined. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- super quick and easy, super flavorful, and SUPER good! | gimmesomeoven.com

Disclaimer: This is a sponsor post from DeLallo. I am partnering with them this year to bring you some yummy Italian recipes using my favorite products of theirs, but all opinions are 100% my own as always. I’m just a mega-fan of this brand, so I’m excited to share about them with you. Thanks for supporting brands like theirs who help make this blog possible.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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31 thoughts on “5-Ingredient Pasta Salad

  1. I love book club! Mostly for the food. :) This pasta salad looks right up my alley. :)

    - Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

  2. Hi Ali! I absolutely love your blog and all the recipes I have tried have been amazing! I really enjoy your food photography too. We tried this 5-ingredient pasta salad and loved it! Thanks so much for all the great ideas and recipes.
    Here’s the link to our blog post on this recipe, in case you wanted to take a look :)

    - Jordan L.

  3. This looks really tasty. We make pasta salad for school lunch. As you said, not a lot of work and lasts for several days. Definitely going to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

    - Mark

  4. I made this pasta salad for a birthday party yesterday. I substituted goat’s cheese for the mozzarella and love how it came out. I will definitely be making it again! Thanks for sharing :)

    - Melissa

  5. This salad is the ultimate dish for spring!

    - Meredith

  6. Yum!! This looks great! Your book club sounds like so much fun, I have been looking for something like that in my area and I haven’t come across anything. Maybe I should just start one!

    - Annie @Maebells

  7. I love all of those things about our book club too! The location, our awesome smorgasboard of food randomness, always magically more than enough wine, and the best people! I also LOVED this salad!

    - Sara

  8. yum! this looks so fresh and crisp, I’m totally sold!

    - Christine @ Cooking with Cakes

  9. This recipe makes me die for summer. It is perfect to bring to a BBQ! I just love the way you photographed it.

    - Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

  10. We love DeLallo, they are awesome. It was so good seeing you this weekend!! xoxo

    - Amanda

  11. This pasta salad looks SO good. I love to make my own basil pesto. I does however take a LOT of basil, therefore, making it “seasonal” in Kansas. I can’t wait to try the DeLallo. Where do you buy it? I’m guessing from some of your comments, maybe Trader Joes??? Thanks for the recipe!

    - Amy Birch

    • Hi Amy!

      Oooh, good question. I’ll go back and mention that. You can find DeLallo at Whole Foods, as well as other local grocery stores. Or if it’s not available at either of those, you can also order from them directly online. Worth the search! :)


      - Ali

      • Thanks! Unfortunately, no Whole Foods in Topeka. It is always a fun stop when in KC. Now I have more reason to make a trip over. :)

        - Amy

  12. Can I come and join your book club? I would like to have a nosy peek into those cosy homes, too … and have some of this lovely salad! It’s beautiful and sounds so fresh and easy to make. I love your colourful photos, too. :-)

    - Helen @ Scrummy Lane

  13. I adore DeLallo! And this pasta salad is perfect for this warming weather creeping up! So pretty!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  14. I love everything about this salad, from the simple ingredients to the flavors you picked. I hunker for those peppers! Eat em straight from the jar, and on everything!

    - Heidi @foodiecrush

  15. Best use of 5 ingredients I have seen in a while! Looks awesome!

    - Tieghan

  16. I love this line: “This brand has made a believer out of me.” So true!! Whenever my friends are skeptical about whole wheat pasta I tell them to buy DeLallo. :) Love that you have your parties at houses – so much more fun that way.

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  17. Only 5 ingredients?

    Only 5 minutes to make? win win!

    I mean, this is a winner. Seems like something I’d bring to a Memorial Day party if those exist!

    - Laura @ Raise Your Garden

  18. I love that this recipe actually contains some greens! Most pasta salads I’ve seen are just pasta!

    - Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

  19. Totally need this in my life. It’s perfect for a packed lunch!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  20. You have hit all my fav flavors here! Mozza, pesto and CARBS! I love that they are whole wheat too! Pinning and face planting!

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

  21. I have to admit I am not a big fan of pasta salads.. but this one looks definitely worth trying!

    - Medeja