A quick and easy pasta salad recipe, this Pizza Pasta Salad has all of the flavor of a deluxe pizza in a bowl!
Pizza Pasta Salad Recipe
There aren’t many good uses for leftover spaghetti… but let’s be honest. There’s always leftover spaghetti.
We’ve tried so many things with our spaghetti – painting with it, using it for baked spaghetti, adding it to a casserole – but I think my favorite recipe for leftover spaghetti has to be this pizza pasta salad recipe!
It works with just about any leftover pasta – although, for some reason, I always make the perfect amount when it comes to other pastas – it’s just spaghetti that I overmeasure.
I keep things simple with a store-bought sun-dried tomato pesto, but if you want to make your own from scratch this looks like a good recipe.
If your pesto is coating the pasta too thick, add a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil to loosen things up.
This salad is perfect for taking on a picnic or prepping ahead for an easy weeknight side dish. If your family usually does pizza nights, this is a fun twist that is way easier on the budget than take-out pizza. (And is arguably just as tasty!)
If your kids disagree on pizza toppings, you could even set out a couple bowls of toppings for them to mix into their pasta salad for a customized salad. Personally – I just use making this salad as an excuse to use up all of the “last of” ingredients hanging out in the fridge!
Ingredients for Pizza Pasta Salad
- 4 cups cooked spaghetti
- 1/2 cup pepperoni, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 1/2 shredded mozzarella
- 2 Tablespoons tomato pesto or sun-dried tomato puree
- 2 Tablespoons basil, shredded
- Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
Tip: swap out the spaghetti for your preferred type of pasta. Same goes with the pizza toppings – use your favorites to make this the perfect pasta salad for you!
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Salad serving tongs
- Large salad serving bowl
How to Make Pizza Pasta Salad
Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
This salad can be served hot or cold, so it’s up to you if you make the salad right away or let the spaghetti cool before making it.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to combine.
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This pizza pasta salad is a flavorful and fun pasta salad for a BBQ, lunch box or an easy summer side dish.