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Barilla® Orzo

Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella

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Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Orzo
  • 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts divided
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese divided
  • 2 balls fresh mozzarella chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Made with



  1. 1
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season with salt

  2. 2
    Cook pasta 1 minute under required cooking time, drain and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil

  3. 3
    Place on sheet tray to cool down

  4. 4
    In a blender combine: garlic, half of the pine nuts, and basil, pulse for a few seconds

  5. 5
    Slowly drizzle in remaining olive oil to emulsify the pesto
  6. 6
    Add half the Parmigiano and pulse, season with salt and pepper, set aside

  7. 7
    In a large bowl combine, pesto and pasta and stir to incorporate

  8. 8
    Fold in remaining cheeses, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts

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