Barilla® Orzo Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto

Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella

Blue Box Orzo

Made with

Barilla Orzo

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  • 424
  • 21g
    Total Fat
  • 45g
    Total Carbohydrate
  • 14g
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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


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season with salt.
  • Cook pasta 1 minute under required cooking time, drain and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Place on sheet tray to cool down.
  • In a blender combine: garlic, half of the pine nuts, and basil, pulse for a few seconds.
  • Slowly drizzle in remaining olive oil to emulsify the pesto.
  • Add half the Parmigiano and pulse, season with salt and pepper, set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine, pesto and pasta and stir to incorporate.
  • Fold in remaining cheeses, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts.
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