Deli pasta salad

Deli pasta salad

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(92 ratings)

Ready in 20 - 30 minutes


Serves 4

Simple storecupboard pasta salad with sunny Mediterranean flavours

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal426
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.68g


  • 300g farfalle (pasta bows)
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 large tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 10 sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • large handful fresh basil leaves
  • 85g pack prosciutto or salami



    Prosciutto is a sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is…


  1. COOK THE PASTA: Boil the pasta in salted water for 8 minutes then add the peas, return the water to the boil and cook for 2 minutes more until the pasta and peas are tender. Tip into a colander over the sink, cool the pasta and peas under the cold tap then drain really well.

  2. MAKE THE DRESSING: While the pasta is boiling roughly chop the tomato and put in a food processor with half the sun-dried tomatoes, the olive oil, vinegar, garlic and about 8 basil leaves. Season with plenty of salt and freshly ground pepper then whizz until smooth. Tip into a large salad bowl.

  3. TOSS AND SERVE: Add the pasta and peas to the dressing, roughly slice the rest of the sun-dried tomatoes and add to the pasta with the remaining basil leaves. Tear in the prosciutto or salami and toss everything together. Pile into bowls and, if possible, eat outside.

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21st Feb, 2012
This becomes one of our family favourates; very easy to cook and delicious.
7th Aug, 2011
***** Fab made as an alternative to sandwiches for lunch - didn't have any sun dried tomatoes so used roasted peppers instead added half a chopped red onion and some Mozarella that needed using up. also didn't have parma ham but had bresaola so used that instead. Tasted delicious will definately make again as its easy to adapt to whatever needs using up in the fridge.
2nd Aug, 2011
I'm torn between giving 3 or 4 stars. The flavours are gorgeous; really fresh with nice creamy flavours of the tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, the sun-dried tomatoes add the depth and the saltiness of the prosciutto all linger beautifully with a nice pinot grigio BUT the textures put me off. Maybe I overcooked the pasta, maybe I didn't chop the sun-dried tomatoes finely enough but the dish just seemed too slimey and chewy for me.
1st Aug, 2011
I used mozzarella and substituted peas for green beans. I especially enjoyed the dressing!
31st Jul, 2011
Made this last week and it went down really well. Was lovely to add some lemon zest for a bit of a tang.
26th Jun, 2011
This is very moorish and great to pick at on hot sunny days or to liven up a dull one!
24th Jun, 2011
we all love this - have made it loads of times and is always delicious!
5th Apr, 2011
This was quite nice although slightly acidic tasting due to the tomatoes and vinegar but something i'd try again. Would add less pasta though, so that the flavour could be tasted more clearly. I did it without the prosciutto and it was good.
2nd Apr, 2011
Left out the vinegar and had warm with a bit more bacon, sprinkle of cheese on top, YUM!
21st Mar, 2011
Absolutely divine!!!! Can't believe something so easy and simple to make can taste so delicious. I used smoked salmon and olives and it was gr8. Will definitely be making this again and again and again :-)


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