Deli pasta salad

Deli pasta salad

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(91 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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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 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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11th Jun, 2010
This pasta dish is simply delicious! A big winner if it comes to a simple, quick meal. Have it with garlic ciabatta and you're in heaven.
27th May, 2010
Forgot to say I think it could be nice with some kind of fish instead of ham.
27th May, 2010
I made this using Serrano ham, everyone was impressed and my husband wants to have it again soon. Would be ideal when you have visitors for lunch as the recipe can easily be increased/varied.
18th May, 2010
I thought these were wonderful. This was a pretty easy recipe with a good result.
5th May, 2010
Made this for a camping trip and everyone loved it! I added some big white beans to mine, as well as loads more Basil leaves and 2 balls of torn Mozarella to give it more substance. Did a dressing with Balsamic vinegar and nobody missed the meat at all.
25th Apr, 2010
Very nice! Added some olives as well.
19th Apr, 2010
I tried the Mozzarella version. Absolutely delicious!!
16th Aug, 2009
a total winner at the bbq we went to y'day. i didnt put anything in the blender. i chopped sun dried toms and added to a drained tin of tomatoes. as its the season for fresh peas i used those instead of frozen. it was delicious and i'll deffo make this again : )
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10th Aug, 2009
Delicious. I used both salami and mozarella and used sun blush tomatoes instead of sun-dried. Lots of compliments.
25th Jul, 2009
I thought this was great. Next time I would halve the peas as I found the ration of pea to pasta a bit much. I am also thinking about just making up the dressing and giving away as presents in nice bottles/kilner jars. This was absolutely fantastic.


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