5-Ingredient Pasta Salad

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

This quick and easy pesto pasta salad is always a crowd-favorite!


  • 1 pound (dry) DeLallo whole wheat pasta
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar DeLallo roasted red peppers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 (6-ounce) jar DeLallo basil pesto (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 3 handfuls fresh arugula


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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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.

Leave a Comment:


  1. Medeja — May 5, 2014 @ 5:23 am (#)

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

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 5, 2014 @ 6:21 am (#)

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

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 5, 2014 @ 6:22 am (#)

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

  4. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables — May 5, 2014 @ 6:46 am (#)

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

  5. Laura @ Raise Your Garden — May 5, 2014 @ 7:20 am (#)

    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!

  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 5, 2014 @ 7:30 am (#)

    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.

  7. Tieghan — May 5, 2014 @ 7:47 am (#)

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

  8. Heidi @foodiecrush — May 5, 2014 @ 8:48 am (#)

    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!

  9. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 5, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#)

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

  10. Helen @ Scrummy Lane — May 5, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

    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. :-)

  11. Amy Birch — May 5, 2014 @ 11:58 am (#)

    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!

    • Ali — May 5, 2014 @ 1:54 pm (#)

      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! :)


    • Amy — May 7, 2014 @ 2:38 pm (#)

      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. :)

  12. Amanda — May 5, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#)

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

  13. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — May 5, 2014 @ 2:09 pm (#)

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

  14. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — May 5, 2014 @ 2:34 pm (#)

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

  15. Sara — May 5, 2014 @ 3:46 pm (#)

    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!

  16. Annie @Maebells — May 6, 2014 @ 2:45 pm (#)

    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!

  17. Meredith — May 6, 2014 @ 7:48 pm (#)

    This salad is the ultimate dish for spring!

  18. Melissa — May 8, 2014 @ 2:08 am (#)

    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 :)

  19. Mark — May 8, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    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!

  20. Jordan L. — June 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    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 :)

  21. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy — September 4, 2014 @ 9:08 am (#)

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

  22. alana — October 28, 2014 @ 11:23 pm (#)

    Where do you find whole wheat pasta? Is that the same as wholemeal?

    • Ali — October 28, 2014 @ 11:25 pm (#)

      Hey Alana,

      You should be able to find it at most grocery stores, possibly in the health food section if it’s not with the regular pasta. Or if not, you can order it online (and DeLallo — my favorite brand — sells theirs online too). Enjoy!

  23. Laura — October 29, 2014 @ 11:09 pm (#)

    I made this with high expectations but it was just blah. It wasn’t amazing and it wasn’t the worst, just mediocre at best. I’m removing the pin from my pinterest board. 

  24. mona — February 5, 2015 @ 12:46 pm (#)

    I tried this today. It taste like it’s missing something so I have added black pepper and red onions to lift it up better but overall it’s a great recipe

  25. Swapna — June 22, 2015 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    Looks delicious… will try it out soon!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25, 2015 @ 9:37 pm (#)

      Thank you, we hope you enjoy!

  26. Christy — September 18, 2015 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    I made this for a potluck picnic tonight. In spite of the fact there were at least 30 other dishes there, this pasta salad completely disappeared, and quickly. My ridiculously picky husband mostly avoids leafy greens, but he actually ate all the arugula in this. He even said he would eat it again. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 19, 2015 @ 7:52 am (#)

      Christy, that’s so great to hear, than you for sharing! We’re glad you (and especially your husband) enjoyed it so much! :)

  27. Crystal — October 6, 2015 @ 4:22 am (#)

    added sliced olives. Delish!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 6, 2015 @ 8:46 am (#)

      Nice! We’re glad you liked it Crystal!

  28. Ashley — November 9, 2015 @ 12:47 pm (#)

    What is the calorie content for this recipe??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 9, 2015 @ 8:04 pm (#)

      Hi Ashley! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!


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