Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad
Let’s talk pesto. Earlier this week I mentioned that this hershey’s chocolate chocolate cake I made is like my chocolate cake soul mate. Well, pesto is my pasta sauce soul mate.

I’ve been finding a ton of recipes to use pesto in, but I really like this one because it calls for great northern beans and zucchini. Both of these are a little plain on their own, but provide a hearty balance to this pasta salad.

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad
Oh no, here I go again cooking with bow tie pasta. I talked about my obsession for bow tie pasta in this recipe post for spinach pesto, which doesn’t actually use any pesto, but uses spinach as the base.

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta
This recipe is technically a pasta salad, which I usually assume means cold, but this one is delicious straight out of the fridge or warmed up. As long as it gets in your mouth you’ll be happy :-)

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad


  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash (or both), cut into half moons
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch-thick slices (I used orange)
  • 1 red onion, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups pasta
  • 1 15.5-oz. can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 7-oz. container refrigerated pesto (about 3/4 cup), or homemade
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat (300-350 F).
  2. In a large bowl toss zucchini/squash, bell pepper, onion and Italian seasoning with 1 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Pour vegetables into a vegetable grill pan.
  4. Grill vegetables, with grill cover on, until lightly charred in spots but still crisp-tender, about 4 to 6 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove vegetables, and cool.
  6. While grilling the vegetables, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  7. Cook pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. Drain.
  8. Toss the pasta, vegetables, beans, pesto, and cheese in a bowl.
  9. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, or enjoy warm right away.
  10. Drizzle with lemon juice just before serving.

Recipe adapted from My Recipes.

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad
I suggest putting this one on your ‘to make’ list before it gets too cold to grill (aka if you live in Minnesota). But than again, you could always make the vegetables in the oven.

But now that we don’t live in Minnesota anymore, I can enjoy using the grill all winter without having to brush off 3 feet of snow each time.

Grilled Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad
I would call this a very doable 20 minute week night dinner.

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  1. I love adding grilled veggies to pasta- we use it as a way to celan out thefridge

  2. I am a sucker for pasta salad..and this looks absolutely divine! This would be great to link up to Create It Thursday #19…hope you’ll join us!

  3. Yummy, I love grilled vegetables – and easy meals – and the hubby is a big fan of pesto. I know this one will be a winner in our book! Pinned!

  4. This looks amazing! I also love pesto and enjoy trying it in different dishes. Must try this!

  5. Looks absolutely delicious ! I would so love to try some now :)
    Visiting from Link Party: The Weekend re-Treat

  6. My kids love pasta salads.. Def going to have to try this!!


  7. Grilled Vegetable Pest Pasta Salad! There is not one single word that I dislike in the title or in the ingredients! WINNER! :)

  8. You have a lovely knack for food photography! This looks delicious. I love pesto, and bow tie pasta, it’s the most fun to cook and eat! Thanks for sharing on the Pinworthy Project Party!

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