Italian Pasta Salad - fast and delicious

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The following recipe is a nice dish for summer when you don't feel like doing much cooking. It is vegetarian and all quantities can be adapted to personal taste and mouths to feed - that's why this recipe will not give you any measurements.


  • Italian Pasta, for instance Penne or Fusilli (but not something like Spaghetti)
  • red pesto
  • dried tomatoes, cut in small pieces
  • black olives, without stone, cut in rings
  • pine nuts, chopped
  • cocktail tomatoes, quartered
  • mozzarella, cut in pieces
  • rucola1
  • optional: parmesan cheese, grated
  • Method

    Boil the pasta and meanwhile cut and chop all the other ingredients. When they are done and the water is poured off, first add pesto and mix thoroughly. Then put in dried tomatoes and olives and pine nuts. Let everything cool off a bit before adding everything else so the tomatoes don't get warm and the cheese doesn't melt.

    You can eat this dish while it is still warm or store it in the fridge for later.

    1Also called for instance rocket, arugula or eruca.

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