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National Pinot Grigio Day: Caprese Pasta Salad

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  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


This easy pasta salad is tossed with peas, pesto, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. It’s perfect as a side to your next barbecue with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Sneak in some asparagus too if it’s taking over your garden.


  • 1 lb. whole grain bowtie pasta
  • 1 lb. asparagus (trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces)
  • ½ cup cooked spring peas
  • ¼ cup fresh Parmesan + more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 34 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil + more for garnish
  • Splash fresh lemon juice
  • ½¾ tsp. coarse salt
  • ¼½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1 cup mini fresh mozzarella balls


  1. Cook pasta per package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus, reduce to a simmer and cook 7-8 minutes, until asparagus is very tender. Remove from the water and allow to slightly cool.
  3. In the bowl of a large food processor, blend asparagus, spring peas, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, basil, lemon juice and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. While blending, drizzle in olive oil until desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  4. Toss asparagus pesto with bowtie pasta. Stir in tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Refrigerate for at least one hour. If pasta is dry, toss with extra olive oil. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and basil. Serve.


*Store pasta salad in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side
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