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Cold pasta salad with tomatoes, bocconcini and basil dressing

Cold pasta salad with tomatoes, bocconcini and basil dressing

ServesServes Serves 8 - 10 as part of a barbecue selection

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic
50g grated parmesan
50g roasted pine nuts
salt and freshly ground black pepper
100g basil leaves
extra virgin olive oil
400g pasta, the kids’ favourite shapes,
bowties, fusilli a
50ml olive oil
50ml white balsamic vinegar
220g bambini bocconcini
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
20 large kalamata olives, cut into slivers
extra basil leaves

Method

  1. Peel and chop the garlic
  2. Place into the bowl of a food processor with the parmesan, pine nuts, salt and pepper
  3. Process until puréed
  4. Add a little olive oil to help it blend
  5. Add the basil leaves and process, while drizzling in some olive oil, until the mix is a rough paste
  6. Check seasoning, cover with a thin layer of oil and set aside
  7. Cook the pasta until aldente, drain, toss in the olive oil and vinegar and allow to cool
  8. Add the bocconcini, tomatoes and olives and dress with the pesto
  9. Toss and serve with a few basil leaves on top
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