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Creamy Pesto Antipasto Salad

An image of prepared Creamy Pesto Antipasto Salad made with gemelli, Prego® Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, pepperoncini, red pepper, artichoke heads and salami or pepperoni.
  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 3 hr 5 min
  • serves: 7 people
  • calories: 259 1 serving

Antipasto is basically Italian charcuterie- meats and cheeses and other delicious things- usually arranged on a platter. But, what if you added some gemelli and called it a pasta salad? Yes, please! Creamy Pesto Antipasto Salad is so easy to make. Cooked pasta tossed with a delicious creamy pesto sauce, chilled and tossed with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, salami, artichokes, spicy peppers, red onion and pepperoncini peppers. It's loaded with flavorful ingredients and is creamy, cheesy, herby and more!


  • 8 ounces gemelli (twin twist tube) pasta
  • 1 1/4 cups Prego® Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce (amount divided in recipe steps below)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 ounces small mozzarella cheese, balls, cut in half (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers or chopped pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained roasted red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained marinated quartered artichoke hearts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped salami or pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves


  • Step 1

    Cook the pasta according to the package directions (don't overcook- you'll want it al dente).  Drain and transfer to a large bowl.  Add 3/4 cup sauce and vinegar to the hot pasta and toss to coat.  Let cool for 30 minutes or until room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled.

  • Step 2

    Add the remaining 1/2 cup sauce, the tomatoes, cheese, pepperoncini, roasted peppers, artichokes (if using), onion and salami to the chilled pasta mixture and mix well.  Sprinkle with the basil before serving.

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Calories 259
Total Fat 10 g
Sat. Fat 4.2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 34 mg
Sodium 608 mg
Total Carb 30 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 10 g
Vitamin D 1 %DV
Calcium 9 %DV
Iron 8 %DV
Potassium 4 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.