Sun-Dried Tomato, White Bean, & Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad

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Sun-dried tomatoes, white beans, and artichokes come together in a pesto pasta salad that’s great for potlucks, leftovers, and snacking all summer long!

Sun-Dried Tomato, White Bean, and Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Mmm, pesto pasta salad. It’s fun to say and fun to eat! I love my super easy pesto pasta salad, but this one is jazzed up with lots of flavorful ingredients. White beans, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and arugula make this a really well-rounded dish that’s wonderful for potlucks, summer dinners, or as a colorful side!

What Kind of Pasta Should You Use for Pasta Salad?

I like using Fusili for this pasta salad recipe! The ridges in the pasta make perfect little spots for all of these yummy flavors to hang out, so every bite you take is just right. Of course, you can use any type of pasta you prefer or have on hand! Other good options are:

  • Farfalle
  • Penne
  • Macaroni
  • Rigatoni
  • Orecchiette
Sun-Dried Tomato, White Bean, and Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Pesto Pasta Salad Ingredients:

This Pesto Pasta Salad is loaded with some of my favorite summertime ingredients. Once you have your pasta cooked and ready to go, you can add in lots of fun and flavorful ingredients!

  • Pesto-I like to use my homemade spinach basil pesto, but store bought pesto will work too!
  • White beans-you can use cannellini beans, Great Northern, or navy beans. If you aren’t a white bean fan, use chickpeas!
  • Artichoke hearts-I use canned artichoke hearts, jarred will work well too!
  • Sun-dried tomatoes-Look for sun-dried tomatoes in the canned vegetable aisle. They add a ton of flavor to this pasta salad.
  • Arugula-one of my favorite additions! I love the peppery kick and pop of green. Spinach would also work well.
  • Parmesan cheese-cheese is always a good idea and freshly grated Parmesan is the perfect finishing touch to this pasta salad!
  • Fresh basil-the pasta salad already has great basil flavor from the pesto but I like to add some fresh basil for garnish.
  • Pine nuts-optional, but SO good!

Serving Pesto Pasta Salad

We like this as a cold pasta in the summertime! I like to make it early in the day before it gets too warm outside, then pull it out of the fridge when everyone is ready to eat. No standing over a hot stove during the warmest part of the day! Because it’s so good cold, it also makes for A+ leftovers and lunches. If you want to serve it warm, go for it!

If you’d like a more filling pasta salad, this one would be delicious with grilled or shredded chicken added in. You could also use a rotisserie chicken to make it that much easier on yourself!

More Pasta Salad Recipes:

Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato, White Bean, and Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad

Sun-dried tomatoes, white beans, and artichokes come together in a pesto pasta salad that’s great for potlucks, leftovers, and snacking all summer long!

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Cuisine
Italian
Servings
8

Ingredients

  • 16 oz pasta fusilli pasta, or other short cut pasta
  • 1 cup basil pesto
  • 14 oz white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 6 oz sun-dried tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta until al dente according to package directions. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl.
  2. Add the basil pesto to the pasta and stir until the pasta is well coated. Gently stir in the white beans, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Garnish with fresh basil and pine nuts, if using. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Sun-Dried Tomato, White Bean, and Artichoke Pesto Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 639mg27%
Potassium 1173mg34%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1515IU30%
Vitamin C 19.6mg24%
Calcium 223mg22%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

easy, pesto pasta salad, vegetarian

Photos by Dishing Out Health

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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I made this the other day & it was fantastic. I’m excited to try more recipes from your website! (Recipe rating not working for some reason, but I give it five stars!)

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