5-Ingredient Pasta Salad

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | 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.

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

5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | 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 -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | 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”.

Enter…DeLallo.5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | 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.5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | gimmesomeoven.com

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.5 Ingredient Pasta Salad Recipe -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 -- quick and easy to prepare, and full of the BEST Italian flavors. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just a regular weeknight dinner. | gimmesomeoven.com

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5-Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta in a large stockpot of generously-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.
  2. 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.
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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.

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134 comments on “5-Ingredient Pasta Salad”

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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. 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!

    • 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. :)

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

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

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

  15. 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. 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. This salad is the ultimate dish for spring!

  18. 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. 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!

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  21. 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 :)
    http://mydaughterandi.com/2014/06/04/pesto-pasta-salad-with-arugula/

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

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

    • 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!

  32. 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. 

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  35. 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

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  46. Looks delicious… will try it out soon!

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