Pesto Bacon Pasta Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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This Pesto Bacon Pasta Salad is perfect for a quick lunch or easy side dish. It’s full of fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and bacon! Best of all it’s ready in less than 30 minutes!

For anther great pesto pasta recipe, try my Spinach Pesto Pasta!

Pesto Bacon Pasta Salad

This Pesto Bacon Pasta Salad was the perfect way to use up all 500 tomatoes I had sitting on my counter last week. My garden has been overflowing and growing so much that we have been eating tomatoes and bell peppers with almost every meal.

I had two big box raised pallet gardens made this Spring and my veggies and herbs have been growing like weeds. We got so much rain with the tropical storm last week that my tomatoes were literally splitting down the sides. I used half of the ripe ones to make my favorite Caprese Chicken and the other half I used in this gorgeous pasta salad.

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The Homemade Basil Pesto Is Delicious 

Speaking of my garden, my basil has grown so big that my Mom and I have both hacked at it multiple times in the past two weeks and it is still over 3 feet tall. I have seriously been eating Caprese Sandwiches for lunch for the past two months!

I would puree it and freeze it for Winter, but in Florida we can grow it year round. So at this point, I have started using it in little vases around the house. It’s surprisingly cute and I love catching a whiff of fresh basil. Anyone else have some recipe ideas they want to share for me to use up my 500 pounds of basil??

Pesto Pasta Salad With Bacon

This Pesto Pasta Salad Is A Great Way To Use Fresh Vegetables

This Pesto Bacon Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up some of the vegetables you are probably growing in your Summer garden — and if you don’t garden, you can find gorgeous tomatoes and fresh basil at local farmer’s markets this time of year.

I love how fresh and flavorful this pasta salad is. It’s filled with my favorites — basil, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and bacon. Make it for a party, make it for lunch or bring it to a potluck, it’s perfect for all of them! Hope you enjoy!!

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Yield: 6 Servings

Pesto Pasta Salad

This smokey bacon and pesto pasta salad recipe with tomatoes and milky mozzarella is a 20-minute, Italian-inspired weekday lunch. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 box, 16 oz farfalle pasta, cooked and drained
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 8 oz containers of fresh mozzarella, chopped


  • In food processor, pulse garlic and pine nuts until fine paste. Add basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper. Pulse until smooth.
  • Toss cooked pasta in pesto. Add in bacon, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. Serve immediately!


Storage Instructions

  • Refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy it chilled or at room temperature. 


Serving: 1, Calories: 444kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 32g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 650mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g


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  1. Candice│

    I love pasta and this pasta salad is very gorgeous. Can’t wait to make. Thank you so much for recipe.

  2. Serene @ House of Yumm

    Love fresh basil!!  I would love to have the problem of too much!  It smells so good.  This dish looks like the perfect way to use it to me :) 

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