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Back to school recipe: Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

Back to school recipe: Italian Pesto Pasta Salad


Back-to-school time calls for meals that are not only delicious and nutritious, but also quick to whip up. Introducing our lightning-fast Italian Pesto Pasta Salad – the ultimate solution for those busy mornings and afternoons. This recipe brings together the zing of pesto with the convenience of canned artichokes, mushrooms, and tuna, creating a flavorful medley that's perfect for students and parents on the go.
In a matter of minutes, you'll have a vibrant bowl of goodness that's bursting with taste and nutrition. Whether you're assembling a lunchbox for your little ones or grabbing a bite between classes, this Pesto Pasta Salad has got your back. With minimal prep and maximum flavor, it's the ultimate back-to-school companion.
Not only it can be made ahead of time, but actually tastes better the next day.


  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time of Preparation:  20min
  • Time of Cooking:  10-15 min
  • Doses for: 4 people


- 8 oz (half bag) pasta, such as penne, fusilli or farfalle

- 1/2 cup pesto sauce

- 1 jar (6oz) artichoke hearts, drained, and chopped

- 1 cup mixed mushrooms, drained

- 1 can (4.4 oz) tuna ventresca, drained and flaked

- 1/4 cup olives, sliced

- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

- 1/4 cup basil, chiffonade

- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved ( optional)

- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

- Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fattoria Toscano

- Salt and pepper to taste



1.Cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and place into a cookie tray and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Allow it to cool completely.

2 In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped artichoke hearts, sliced mushrooms, tuna, sliced olives.

3. Add the pasta.

4. Add the pesto sauce to the bowl with the pasta and other ingredients.

5. Gently toss everything together until the pasta and ingredients are evenly coated with the pesto.

6. Add the grated Parmigiano.

To complete your lunch-box, you can add:

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