This pasta salad with pesto is my go-to summer potluck recipe for three simple reasons:
- It's easy.
- It takes full advantage of the season's best ingredients.
- Everyone loves it.
I make my own pesto (here's my favorite pesto recipe), but once or twice I've fallen back on store-bought pesto, and the pasta salad is still almost as good.
If you like your pasta salad more complicated, by all means add more stuff - little balls of mozzarella, capers, a few chopped bell peppers, olives, all those would go very well with the pesto and cherry tomatoes. I prefer the plainer version. Why? See number 1 above.
Pasta salad with pesto and cherry tomatoes
- 1 lb dried fusilli, rotelle or other short, curly pasta
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups pesto
- 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
- handful of basil leaves, for garnish
When the pasta is mostly cool, add the pesto and mix well. Scatter the cherry tomatoes and basil leaves on top of the bowl. Serve at room temperature.