Homemade Pesto Pasta Salad

    Homemade Pesto Pasta Salad


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    Homemade pesto combined with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese make a wonderful pasta salad. A great side dish.

    Serves: 8 

    • 500g fusilli pasta
    • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 125g fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into strips
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:45min chilling  ›  Ready in:1hour25min 

    1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the fusilli and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.
    2. Place basil, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and garlic into a blender or food processor; cover and chop to a coarse paste. Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Continue processing until a soft paste has formed. Set pesto aside.
    3. Combine the cooked pasta, tomatoes, 3 tablespoons Parmesan, mozzarella and pesto in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover bowl, refrigerate to chill for 45 minutes and serve.

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