Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Looking for a cold pasta salad that can be served warm too? Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe is a great way to  use up your veggies and basil from your garden. Even though it’s november here,  the grocery stores have these seasonal veggies at great prices so grab some and try this simple pasta salad recipe. You can try different homemade basils if you have different herbs in your garden. I think a cilantro basil pesto would be tasty too, a little extra kick. If you are in a hurry use prepared pesto from your grocery store. Either way you are going to enjoy this  roasted vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad recipe for a no cook dinner anytime of year.

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The night I planned on making this recipe it was raining pretty hard so I could not use the outdoor grill so I decided to modify the recipe to roast the veggies. In my opinion I love all veggies that are roasted. All the flavors stick out and you don’t get any charcoal flavoring. 

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I only had Garbanzo beans so I added them to my salad. I do think white beans would do better and they would not fall down to the bottom of the bowl. This is the before shot: before adding the pesto to the mix. I could eat it like this.

See how pretty the veggies are after they are roasted. You think you have too many but the reduce in size after they are cooked like this. 

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This was used for a lacrosse tailgate this fall so I decided to use the extra protein pastas out there. You can use gluten-free or extra fiber, just cook the pasta according to the directions.

pesto pasta salad

For my Grandmother’s Pesto Recipe check out this post. I also share Barefoot Contessa’s Pesto Recipe on the same post. A little competition I know. 

Pin this for the next time you need a portable pesto pasta option

pesto pasta salad

Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 Sevings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad


  • 1 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 red onion, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups whole-grain or regular farfalle or penne
  • 15.5 oz. can cannellini or white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 7 oz. container refrigerated or homemade pesto, about 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. . Preheat outside or indoor grill to medium heat. In a large bowl, toss zucchini, squash, bell pepper, onion and Italian seasoning with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Lightly brush grill rack with oil. Grill vegetables, covered, until lightly charred in spots but still crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove vegetables, let cool and chop. Cover and set aside.
  2. 2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. Drain.
  3. 3. Toss pasta, vegetables, beans, pesto, cheese, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper to combine. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and lemon juice just before serving.


use your garden veggies now or makes a great salad all year round too.

Adapted from All YOu Magazine 7/2013

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 551Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 14mgSodium 457mgCarbohydrates 64gFiber 11gSugar 4gProtein 23g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

What veggies would you add to this pesto pasta salad to make it your own?

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  1. This looks easy and yummy

  2. you are so sweet to say that! hope you had a nice dinner yourself.

  3. Yes Amanda if you have a lot of Basil you are trying to unload pesto is a great place to start, plus you can freeze it for later use when the basil is no longer around. The post link about grandma’s pesto tells you how to freeze pesto

  4. I love almost everything grilled. I’ll be grilling some pork ribs on Friday. Thanks for the recipe. I might try this at home.

  5. That looks really good, except I don’t like the Garbanzo Beans, would go for the white beans instead. Thanks for a yummy recipe

  6. Looks delicious… Thanks for detail recipe & photos.

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