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Under 30 Minutes

Herbed Pasta Salad

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  • Servings: 8
Herbed Pasta Salad

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2006

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds orecchiette, or other short pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water; leave in colander and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat oil and garlic over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant and sizzling, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.

  3. Pour garlic oil through a sieve into a large bowl; discard garlic. Add pasta and herbs to oil. Season generously with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, chilled or at room temperature.

Reviews (11)

  • IvyandOats 28 Jun, 2010

    This is a light, tasty salad for a summer lunch! I made the following adjustments; whole wheat pasta, extra basil (have a bounty of it this summer) and chives. I would have added the parsley if I had it on hand. I also added a splash of lemon juice and left the roasted garlic in the oil. Very nice!

  • iloveapaintquarter 18 Mar, 2009

    Everyone ate and enjoyed, and asked fro the recipe--It was a big hit for a Memorial Day Get together-thanks Martha and Staff

  • iloveapaintquarter 18 Mar, 2009

    Everyone ate and enjoyed, and asked fro the recipe--It was a big hit for a Memorial Day Get together-thanks Martha and Staff

  • JRTipton 20 Aug, 2008

    NIce salad to take to pot-lucks and just diffrent enough that there is no left-overs to take back home.

  • JRTipton 20 Aug, 2008

    NIce salad to take to pot-lucks and just diffrent enough that there is no left-overs to take back home.

  • kickypants 19 Aug, 2008

    I also add fresh chives a bit of fresh lemon balm and apple cider vinegar for a gentle zip. You can turn the whole thing into a meal by throwing in some beans and crunchy veggies...tastes best the second day and keeps for many days in the fridge.

  • kickypants 19 Aug, 2008

    I also add fresh chives a bit of fresh lemon balm and apple cider vinegar for a gentle zip. You can turn the whole thing into a meal by throwing in some beans and crunchy veggies...tastes best the second day and keeps for many days in the fridge.

  • Aramis83 13 Apr, 2008

    This is an easy and delicious dish. 1.5 pounds of pasta makes WAY more than 8 servings though....We had eight people at our potluck picnic and everyone had plenty and took leftovers and I still have several servings left. I think it would have been fine to just use a pound. The olive oil is so good that it would probably be OK to keep the rest of the ingredient amounts the same.

  • Aramis83 13 Apr, 2008

    This is an easy and delicious dish. 1.5 pounds of pasta makes WAY more than 8 servings though....We had eight people at our potluck picnic and everyone had plenty and took leftovers and I still have several servings left. I think it would have been fine to just use a pound. The olive oil is so good that it would probably be OK to keep the rest of the ingredient amounts the same.

  • krisx2 31 Jan, 2008

    This was so simple and tasty too. I loved the garlic infused oil.

  • krisx2 31 Jan, 2008

    This was so simple and tasty too. I loved the garlic infused oil.

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