4 Servings

Pesto and Pea Pasta Salad served on a white plate.

Difficulties: Medium     Prep Time: 20 min     Total Time: 45 min    


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat orecchiete or small shell pasta
  • 1 cup petite green peas
  • 1/8 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup crispy bacon crumbles
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • Pesto Sauce
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Basil leaves


  • 1

    Fill a large pot with water and two heavy pinches of salt and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain and pour into a large mixing bowl.

  • 2

    Allow the pasta to cool slightly, then add peas, red onion, bacon, tomatoes, and pesto; stir to combine. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and torn basil.


Tortellini Pasta Pesto Salad: Substitute 1 pound of cheese-filled tortellini for the orecchiete and, after combining with other ingredients, toss pasta with 1/4 cup of black olives.