Mucci Basil Pasta Salad

Kick a simple pasta salad up a notch with fresh Mucci Farms Living Basil. The delightful combination of our sweet cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and olives makes this salad the perfect choice for lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients

· 1 bunch Mucci Farms Naked Leaf Living Basil, washed and dried
· 1½ cups cooked penne, cooled
· 6-8 Mucci Farms Sweet Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
· 8 whole Kalamata olives
· ¼ cup cubed feta cheese
· ½ cup basil pesto, packaged or homemade (recipe below)
· 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Mucci Basil Pesto:
· 3 cups packed Mucci Farms Naked Leaf Living Basil
(3 bunches Mucci Farms fresh basil, stems and roots removed)
· 4 cloves fresh garlic
· ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
· ½ cup olive oil
· ¼ cup pine nuts

Directions

In a large bowl add all ingredients except basil leaves.  Combine pesto and vinegar, then toss gently until pasta and all ingredients are coated with dressing, then add basil leaves, tossing gently.  Serve and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Mucci Basil Pesto:
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Blend to a smooth paste and refrigerate until ready to use.  Lasts in the fridge for 1 week or frozen for three months.

servings

SERVINGS:

4-6
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