Easy Pasta Salad

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I’ve always love a good pasta salad, but haven’t really hit the jackpot in terms of the best pasta salad recipe, and so I concocted one myself and am very happy with the result!

Step 1: Roasting Garlic and Onions in Olive Oil

This is the gist of the whole dish, as it acts as a dressing for the salad.

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Put about 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil into a bowl together with about 3 small onions and 6 cloves of garlic.  You can also use basil/rosemary infused olive oil.  Put about a 1tsp of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Step 2: Preheat oven to 180 Celsius and roast these babies for about 30 minutes until it comes out looking like this.

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Step 3: Meanwhile, prepare and chop the veggies and cook the pasta (you can use any kind of pasta like bowties or fusilli or macaroni).

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You can put anything you want into a pasta salad, I had a bell pepper, a cuc and some tomatoes on hand, so I chopped all those up and put it in a big bowl, the veggies should be fine chopped.

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Step 4: I also added two sun-dried tomatoes into the bowl to give it more flavour.

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It doesn’t look very nice but this little guy can pack a lot of flavour into any pasta or salad dishes.  You can finely slice or chop the sun-dried tomatoes, about 2 pieces will be enough.

Step 5: Next, blend the roasted garlic and onions, together with the sun cried tomatoes, and about 1 tsp of good quality balsamic vinegar.

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This looks gross but it actually smells really wonderful.  Pour the dressing into the bowl of chopped veggies and voila…delicious pasta salad.

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This will actually tastes better the next day, put it in a clean container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. :)  A great lunch to pack with a yogurt and fruit on the side for some protein.

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