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Pick & mix pesto pasta salad bar arranged in bowls

Pick & mix pesto pasta salad bar

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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Put out all the ingredients for classic pasta salad with pesto dressing and let the kids pick whatever they like to stir in – it's great for fussy eaters 

Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal485
fat22g
saturates8g
carbs50g
sugars5g
fibre6g
protein18g
salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 400g of your favourite pasta (shells or butterflies work well)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 100g frozen peas , defrosted
  • 100g sweetcorn from a can, drained (or use defrosted frozen sweetcorn)
  • 290g pack baby mozzarella
  • 100g cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 50g pitted black olives , halved
  • 3 spring onions , trimmed and chopped

Method

  • STEP 1

    Cook the pasta following pack instructions, then drain and toss in 1 tbsp oil. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool, tossing occasionally so the pasta doesn’t stick. Mix the remaining olive oil with the pesto and set aside. Both can be prepared up to two days ahead, then covered and chilled.

  • STEP 2

    Put all the ingredients into individual bowls and serve with a large empty bowl and wooden spoon for mixing individual portions of pasta salad with your choice of ingredients.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2019

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