Italian pasta salad

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Insalata di pasta italiana
When it comes to culinary delights, Italian cuisine is at the top of many people's lists. A variety of delicious dishes have their origins in Italy, and one of the most popular of these is undoubtedly Italian pasta salad. Today we are going to look at this tasty dish and discover how easy it is to make an Italian pasta salad.
Ingredients list
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 426kcal
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 426kcal
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
  • First, bring a pot with plenty of salted water to a boil and cook the penne according to package directions until al dente. Then drain them in a colander and let them drain. Then place in a large bowl, add the olive oil (prevents sticking), mix thoroughly and leave to cool.
    320 g penne, 5 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • Meanwhile, thoroughly wash the tomatoes and cucumbers and cut them into small pieces.
    50 g tomatoes, 50 g cucumbers
  • Peel and coarsely dice the carrots. Clean the spring onion and cut into fine rings. Also cut the pitted olives into rings.
    50 g carrots, 1 stalk spring onions, 50 g green olives
  • Now add the chopped vegetables to the cooled pasta along with the corn, peas and finely chopped basil.
    50 g corn, 50 g peas, 5 leaves basil
  • Add the white balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper and mix everything thoroughly.
    5 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • Now put the pasta salad in the refrigerator for some time so that it can infuse well and the flavors can fully develop.
  • Before serving, taste the salad again and season with a little vinegar, salt and pepper if necessary.
    Buon appetito!
The magic of Italian pasta salad lies in its simple preparation and fresh ingredients. Here are the main ingredients you need:
The base of this salad is, of course, pasta. You can use your favorite pasta, be it farfalle, penne, fusilli or another type. It is important that the pasta is cooked al dente to achieve the perfect texture.
Italian pasta salad is a delicious way to incorporate a variety of vegetables. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions and olives are popular options here. Of course, you can use your favorite vegetables however you like. However, make sure that the vegetables are fresh and cut into small pieces so that the flavors are optimally combined.
The dressing gives the salad that typical Italian taste. A combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Italian spices such as basil is the key to success.
Calories: 426kcal (21%)Carbohydrates: 44g (15%)Protein: 16g (32%)Fat: 21g (32%)Saturated fatty acids: 9g (45%)Cholesterol: 45mg (15%)

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