For my cousins birthday dinner we are just gonna grill up some hot dogs and hamburgers, so what better day to bring a pasta salad! This pasta salad combines some of my favorite things so if you love a classic caprese salad and pesto sauce then you will love this!!
Recipe from: http://www.theitalianfork.com
Ingredients for Pesto:
1-2 cups of basil leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic
Directions for Pesto:
In a food processor, add washed basil leaves, olive oil, cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper.
Pulse for about 20 seconds until you get a pastey mixture.
Scoop into a bowl an refrigerate.
Ingredients for Pasta:
1 box Penne pasta
1 container Roma tomatoes, halved
Small container or mini mozzarella balls, halved
Directions for Pasta:
Boil water in a large pot.
Add penne and cook for about 12 minutes.
Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water until the pasta is cool.
Put pasta in a large bowl.
Add pesto and mix well.
Add the halved tomatoes and mozzarella and mix.
Refrigerate until ready to serve!