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Pasta salad with tomatoes, olives and basil

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This easy Pasta salad recipe is a great way to switch up your meals this week. Lemony, fresh and full of colour, you've got yourself a family dinner hit.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time15 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + 10 mins cooling time
Pasta salad with tomatoes, olives and basil


  • ⅓ cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 2 anchovies packed in oil, drained, very finely chopped (optional)
  • 500g vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, halved, divided
  • ⅓ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • ¼ cup (60ml) red wine vinegar
  • 300g fusilli pasta
  • ½ cup basil leaves, torn
  • ⅓ cup (50g) Kalamata olives, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbs baby capers, drained
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil, extra

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  1. Step 1

    In a large frying pan over medium heat, add the oil, capsicum, garlic, anchovies, if using, and 1 tsp salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 mins, or until capsicum is soft and garlic is lightly toasted. Add half the tomatoes and half the parsley and cook, tossing often, for 1 min. Remove pan from heat and stir in the vinegar.
  2. Step 2

    Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions or until tender. Drain well. Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl. Add tomato mixture and gently fold to combine. Set aside for 10 mins, tossing occasionally, to cool slightly.
  3. Step 3

    Add basil, olives, capers, lemon zest, 1 tbs lemon juice, remaining tomatoes and remaining parsley. Drizzle with the extra oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice, if needed.

Recipe tip

Serve with basil leaves.