Pesto Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Last week after recording the Season 3 finale of the podcast with my sister and her boyfriend (it's going to be a fun episode!) we decided to fire up the grill and we needed a side-- so we threw together this delicious, perfect-for-summer pasta salad with ingredients we had on hand! It's SO darn easy (my favorite in the summer, especially!) and 100% going to be a repeat menu item, this summer!

First up: grilled veggies.

I love getting a nice char on them- but you don't want them totally burned. Don't forget to toss in oil and season well before grilling! While the veggies are cooking, cook up your pasta, drain in COLD water to cool and be sure to rinse well so the pesto sticks!

Let's fire up that grill!

Pesto Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad Serves 5-6 as a side

  • 1 12-oz package pasta of choice (we used penne, rotini or cavatappi would work great here, as well!)

  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, sliced, grilled until charred, diced

  • 1 zucchini, sliced, grilled until charred, diced

  • 8 oz ciliegine mozzarella or bocconcini, diced

  • 1/2 cup pesto (this is my favorite simple pesto recipe)

1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water and drain. Rinse in cold water until cool.

2. Toss with vegetables, mozzarella and pesto.

Don't you just love the simplicity of summer? I enjoyed leftovers with some chopped up pepperoni + arugula tossed in for lunches!

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