Springtime Pasta Salad
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A quick and easy one pot tortellini pasta salad that can be throw together in less than 20 minutes. Full of the fresh flavours of spring.
Recipe type: Main, Lunch
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: plenty
  • 1 cup dried cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup ditali pasta
  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups green beans, tips removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 bunch mint, finely chopped
  • 2 tbspns flat-lead parsley
  • 2 tbspns chives
  • ½ preserved lemon
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 1 cup macadamias, toasted until golden
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbspns olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add 1 tspn salt.
  2. Add the tortellini and cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the digitali to the same pot and cook for another 7 minutes.
  4. Add the asparagus, beans and peas to the same pot and cook for a minute or so.
  5. Drain the pot and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
  6. Add the pasta and greens to a large salad bowl.
  7. Add the herbs, preserved lemon, feta, macadamias, lemon juice, olive oil and mix well until everything is coated.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Test the pasta and check the seasoning.
Recipe by she cooks, she gardens at http://shecooksshegardens.com/2012/10/tortellini-pasta-salad/