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    Default Pasta Salad Recipe - Easy and Yummy!

    Ok, I made this pasta salad recipe up the other night...it was pretty easy and yummy, so I thought I would share.

    Ingredients -

    1 dry lb shaped pasta (i used campanelle)
    1 large red bell pepper (capsicum for the rest of the world), washed and cut into 1 inch strips
    1 large head brocolli, washed with stalk removed, and cut into small florets
    1 can large ripe olives, stoned and cut in half
    1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
    pinenuts - about 4 ounces
    fresh basil - about 5 to 6 large leaves
    1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced. (i used 1 large and 1 small clove)
    white vinegar (I used regular Heinz white vinegar)
    olive oil
    sea salt
    freshly ground black pepper

    Boil water and cook pasta per al dente instructions on box.

    While pasta is cooking, chop veggies as stated above in the ingredients section.

    Drain pasta into a colander and run under very cold water, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cool to the touch. transfer colander to fridge to cool.

    In a food processor, mince garlic and then add 1/3 of a cup white vinegar and 5 to 6 basil leaves. Mix until basil is well chopped. Or, alternatively, mince garlic and very finely chop the basil by hand.

    Transfer vineger/garlic/basil mix to a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tsp. sea salt and 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper. Whisk until combined.

    Remove pasta from fridge and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Combine with veggies and pinenuts, then pour dressing over top and stir/toss to coat well.

    Serve and enjoy.

    ps - this makes lots, but leftovers are great. If your pasta soaks up the dressing while sitting, make up some more to add!

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    Thanks Wildflower. I printed your recipe out this evening. I'm normaly eat hot food during the winter months but need a change I think. I will try it and see. Ta.

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    Default Re: Pasta Salad Recipe - Easy and Yummy!

    That sounds nice I think it would work well with quinoa too

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    yummy - pasta salad. haven't had that for months.

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    Default Re: Pasta Salad Recipe - Easy and Yummy!

    Yes, I think it would work well with quinoa. I think you may just need to cut the veggies smaller to make it more uniform.

    I know it's winter here - but I needed to bring a pasta salad to work for a suprise baby shower lunch. I thought some of our aussie friends may enjoy a summer recipe!

    Actually, I just made it again. It is nice to have a break from soups, etc. even though it is cold out.

    As I just made it again, I cut the red pepper more in thirds - so about 1 inch peices. It looks a little better that way.

    Let me know if you make it guys!

    Boomshanka - I realized I was actualy using white vinegar - not white wine vinegar. I used regular Heinz white vinegar. I will edit the recipe. Sorry about that.

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    The salad sounds divine, wildflower.
    I'm currently struggling to find tomatoes and bell peppers that don't taste only of water :-(

    As soon as I've found some, I'll try the recipe.

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    Default Re: Pasta Salad Recipe - Easy and Yummy!

    Let me know if you try it, pavotrouge.

    we have had quite a lot of tomatoes on sale lately here. Not sure where they come from...south america I suppose.

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