Basil Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

Basil Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

It kinda feels like the summer of pasta salad because I have been seeing pasta salads everywhere this year. But guess what? Every summer is the summer of pasta salads for me. I don’t need your trends to validate me! This pasta salad is another one we are making at the grilling workshop this weekend (Tickets available here) I wanted to make an easy pasta salad and thought it would be fun to use pimento cheese as a shortcut. You could make the cheese from the recipe below, or buy it from the store to make this even easier. I served the cheese on it’s own as a dip in addition to making it in the pasta salad and people loved it so much I had to email the recipe to a few people at the party.

Pop all the ingredients into the food processor. Basil, cheddar, pimentos, sour cream, mayo, onion, jalapeno, garlic, onion, and paprika.

This is so good as a dip. If you are making this for a 1/2 pound batch of pasta salad it means you will have lots of extra to dip. Mix it at the rate of 1 cup to 1/2 pound of pasta.

Chill until ready to serve and top with scallions and ritz crackers. I love this.

Creamy and delicious! I really think the basil is crucial to this recipe cause it adds a needed freshness.

Basil Pimento Cheese Pasta Salad

A pasta salad made by making pimento cheese dip and adding it to pasta. Serve with basil and ritz crackers for a great grilling side dish.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 6 people


Basil Pimento Cheese

  • 8 ounces cheddar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces jarred pimento peppers drained
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 30 basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Pasta Salad

  • 1/2 pound elbow pasta
  • 1 cup pimento cheese from above recipe
  • 10 basil leaves not needed if using the homemade pimento
  • chopped scallions for garnish
  • ritz crackers for garnish


  • Put all the pimento cheese ingredients into a food processor. Process until smooth and combined. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Drain and rinse pasta with cold water.
  • Add the pasta to a large bowl and stir in the pimento cheese. (and basil if applicable)
  • Chill until ready to serve. Top with scallions and crushed up ritz crackers before serving.

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