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Pasta salad

by Christina Julia

Pasta salad

Serves: 6-8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 450g/1lb penne
  • 100g/4oz fresh basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g/2oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 75ml/3fl oz olive oil
  • 250g/9oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into thin wedges
  • 150g/5oz pitted black olives


  • Cook the pasta in lightly salted
    boiling water until al dente. Drain,
    retaining a very little of the cooking
    water to keep moist. Set aside to
    cool while you make the pesto.
  • Blend or process the basil, garlic,
    Parmesan and pine nuts until
    roughly chopped. With the motor
    running, add the oil in a thin
    stream until well combined.
  • Put the pasta in a large bowl, stir
    in the pesto and mix well. Add the
    tomatoes, onion and olives. Stir
    gently. Chill for 1 hour, then serve.

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