Basil pesto Cold Pasta Salad

So, I'm not a cook, I love to eat delicious things but I'd rather just have someone else make them and I enjoy them ha! Hence why G is the main cook in our house. I got an email from Pinterest this week saying one of my top viewed pins was actually a cold pasta recipe I posted on my old blog The Mint Green Mug (no longer in existence). I decided I would repost it here so we can all enjoy this delish cold pasta now that the weather is warming up. You can download a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

Basil Pesto Cold Pasta Salad recipe from


- 1 package or about 5 1/2 cups of Penne Pasta

- 1/3 cup of Olive Oil 

- 1/4 cup of Pesto 

- 1/2 cup of Crumbled Feta

- 1/2 teaspoon of Salt 

- 1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes 

- 1 cup of Chopped Broccoli 

- 3-4 leaves of Fresh Basil (optional) 


Boil the pasta for about 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water and place in a large bowl. Add olive oil and toss making sure to coat the pasta well. Add pesto and salt, toss again. Wash and cut the cherry tomatoes down the middle and add to the pasta. If you prefer your broccoli cooked: rinse with cold water and place in a saucer with half an inch of water. Cook until tender. If not, add the cut broccoli to the pasta salad. Toss the salad again to mix in the tomatoes and broccoli. Rinse and finely chop the fresh broccoli, add to the salad. Add crumbled feta and mix or sprinkle on top. 

Store in the refridgerator; it's good warm but best when served chilled. :) Enjoy! 

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