Learn how to make creamy pesto pasta salad with store bought pesto. One of my favorite make ahead salad recipes is this easy pesto pasta. It takes just 20 minutes! Once you try my recipe for pesto pasta salad using store bought pesto, you'll be hooked. To make this creamy pasta salad, you'll use penne pasta, pesto, smoked mozzarella, mayo, sun dried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Substitute tortellini if you'd like!
Boil penne pasta as directed to al dente. Strain and drizzle with olive oil so pasta doesn’t stick together.
Combine mayo and store bought pesto. Mix pesto dressing with pasta.
Add diced sun-dried tomatoes and smoked mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine ingredients. Top with Parmesan cheese.
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