152 Reviews

Outstanding and very versatile recipe. I thought the cubed mozzarella was unnecessary, there's already plenty of cheese in this dish from the tortellini and parmesan. Try adding oil-packed sundried tomatoes too. Delish!

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Chef JannaLeigh June 22, 2010

Can't believe I never got around to reviewing this. This has been my go-to base pasta salad recipe. I don't add extra olive oil, however. To me, that dilutes the flavor. I add some balsamic vinegar or some type of homemade vinegar-based dressing. And it always needs extra. :)

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jackieblue May 29, 2011

Mmmm! Great pasta salad! The family loved it! It was a great addition to our gathering! I added kalamata olives, some crumbled feta cheese and the juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon! Tasty! Thank you so much for sharing Wildflour.

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Mama Marilyn July 24, 2009

I love this recipe, it's amazing. It makes a TON, so be prepared! I do not add the mozzarella or green pepper when I make it. I've tried it with pesto made from the Knorr Pesto powdered package, but it wasn't as good. Sticking with the glass jar of pesto from the pasta aisle! Thanks for posting this!

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iceitup September 04, 2013

Amazing! My husband got a craving for some kind of pesto pasta dish and this was at the top of the list when I searched for it. He could not stop eating it and when he did, he could not stop talking about it. I know that I will be making this one over and over again.

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marie115 January 23, 2013

So yummy! I added a 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and omitted the olives. Very, very easy to prepare! This is a keeper!

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Jenn_B July 01, 2012

This is a delicious salad that you would buy from a fancy Itallian deli. I love the savory aspect and how all the ingredients marry together so well. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I made this again and left out the mozzarella cheese. Still delicious five star food.

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Amber of AZ July 26, 2011

What a fabulous pasta salad. It is easy to make and tastes wonderful. This is going to be my standby pasta salad. I made it for Memorial Day and everyone went back for seconds and thirds. I liked it so much that I am thinking of adding chicken or shrimp to make it an entree. We truly loved it. Thank you for posting.

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livingstonfran May 31, 2011

this was amazing. left out the rotini pasta and halved the vege ingredients. I halved the dressing at first but ended up adding in more olive oil and pesto. Sooo good!

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Marianneee September 06, 2010

Loved it, with edits. I made half the tortellini (it's only me, with leftovers), didn't make the plain pasta. I used whatever veggies and add-ins I had, and used the refrigerated pesto sauce, which didn't have enough basil or garlic flavor, so I used it all. I still added some extra EVOO along with generous salt and pepper, and some minced fresh thyme (use it or throw it out!), but I used the hot pasta trick and mixed in some hot pasta water. Since this was a pasta salad I used to pick up at my favorite gourmet shop on my way home from working late in the early 90s, which had soft, fresh mozzarella, I did use some. Not the full amount, and while I heated bread I set the container of pasta with the mozzarella over the still steaming pot of hot water to soften it. Just like I remember it!

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leigh.barth November 17, 2015
Cheese Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad