Jola’s Pasta Salad with Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes, Garlic and Cracked Pepper

[recipe by my sister Jola]

Coffee and Vanilla


750g tricolore or wholemeal fusilli (cooked in slightly salted water and drained)
1½ jar good quality green pesto
6 large fresh tomatoes (cut into small wedges)
1 medium leek (washed and sliced)
½ garlic head (cloves peeled and chopped)
2 tbs Carotino or olive oil
300g jar sundried tomatoes (drained and chopped)
black peppercorns
sea salt – optional
lots of fresh basil leaves (chopped)


In a large bowl combine cooked pasta with pesto.
In meantime mix fresh tomatoes, leek and garlic with oil, place on baking tray and grill in 170°C (338°F) until vegetables are starting to get brown. Add them to the bowl with pasta. Stir in also chopped sundried tomatoes. Season with fresh basil leaves, sea salt if needed and freshly cracked pepper, lots of pepper.

Serve cooled down or even stored in the fridge overnight.

Serves about 10-12 people.


Your thoughts…

  1. What a great looking pasta salad and I bet it would taste awesome hot too. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights and thank your sister for us too.

  2. This pasta salad sounds amazing. I love all the flavour combinations here!!

  3. You’re posting like crazy – full of energy!

    I’m eating so much pasta right now so thanks for this recipe!

  4. That is true Scott, I have much more energy than ever. I wake up at 6 to eat lite breakfast, drink coffee, write some posts… and then at 8 I go to the gym. It gives me more energy to work afterward! :)

  5. *I so love pasta salad but have not had one for ages. You might have just persuaded me to make some soon. I can taste it already. Pesto is one of my all time fav foods and I have quite a bit of basil growing …..

  6. Hi Margot, I just love pasta salad and this one sounds amazing!! Love the flavours you have running through here :D

    Great to be back viewing your creations after my absence due to illness.

    Rosie x

  7. Richard says:

    This was really delicious and really easy to do. Thanks Jola and Margot

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