Hazelnut Pesto Pasta Salad

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Saturday was very special day for hubby and I …….our wedding anniversary….perfect opportunity for BBQ with our family and close friends.


BBQ in my house means lots of delicious SALADS……veggies…..fruit……& lot of assorted meats on the grill.


Every BBQ I try to introduce either new salad or a dish to my family….this time I chose to impress my guest and tickle their taste buds with…..salad….not just any salad……..HAZELNUT PESTO PASTA SALAD…..with fresh garlic….peppers and Asiago cheese….


Hazelnut Pesto Pasta Salad




  • 6 cups Penne Pasta (cooked Al Dente)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Hazelnuts
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Asiago Cheese
  • 1oz Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Scallions
STEP 1: In a food processor combine hazelnuts, garlic and cheese. Add basil and blend until smooth. Gradually keep adding olive oil. Blend in lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.


STEP 2: Chop the peppers and scallions into small chunks.


STEP 3: Place penne pasta into a bowl. Add the pesto sauce and stir until well blended. Stir in the peppers and scallions. Keep in the cool place before serving.

STEP 4: You can sprinkle with more Asiago cheese if you like.



Hazelnut Pesto Pasta Salad

 TIP: You can serve this Hazelnut Pesto Sauce over hot pasta for a delicious pasta dish.




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4 Responses to “Hazelnut Pesto Pasta Salad”

  1. What a creative substitute. I have never made a hazelnut pesto. I will have to give that a try!

  2. I love this and it's just the kind of thing I've been craving lately!YUM!!

  3. Angie says:

    This looks great, I have been wanting to use more nuts in my recipes.

  4. This looks amazing!!!! I love pesto pasta, I make it all the time and this looks just like how I make mine. Thanks for sharing.I am a new follower of your blog. I found you through hearts and families. I love your blog, and I will be reading up real soon. Please stop by at for all your safety information at home to keep you and your family safe and happy. Feel free to subscribe/follow as well.

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