Party pasta salad with rocket pesto

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Serves: 20

By YumYumMummy

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  • 50ml olive oil

  • 25ml balsamic vinegar

  • 80g pine nuts

  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped

  • 1kg pasta farfalle or penne work well

  • 140g rocket salad

  • 150g Parmesan grated

  • 1 handful fresh basil most of a planted pot - roughly torn


<ol> <li>Preheat oven to 180C, and put pasta onto boil according to packet instructions.</li> <li>Put pine nuts on baking tray into oven to roast for about 10 minutes (check after 5 and don't forget them!), until they are just turning brown.</li> <li>When pasta is cooked, drain and rinse under cold water to prevent cooking further.</li> <li>To make the dressing, put about 50ml olive oil with 25ml vinegar, garlic and seasoning in seal-able jar, and shake well.</li> <li>In a bowl large enough to hold all ingredients; place pasta, rocket leaves and torn basil.</li> <li>Pour over dressing and mix well. If it requires some more dressing, make up more with oil and vinegar.</li> <li>Add grated Parmesan and roasted pine nuts and gently mix in (the cheese and nuts will go to the bottom if you mix in too much).</li> </ol>

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<p>The quantities shown are for buffet style proportions as that's what I usually make this for! <br />For smaller numbers, you may want to reduce the relative proportion of pasta, as I tend to bulk it out with pasta for serving as a side dish. <br />Try not to add the dressing to far in advance of serving or the pasta soaks it all up.</p>

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Main Course

  • Christmas

  • Pasta

  • Make Ahead

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  • utopian99 20/08/12 17:02

    V easy, went down like a storm!

  • YumYumMummy 28/01/08 21:36

    Everybody seems to like this, including kids. And its so easy