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Picnic pasta salad

Whether you take it on a picnic or in your lunchbox, this is a perfect quick pasta salad.

  • 300g/10½oz shaped pasta such as creste di gallo or macaroni
  • 250g/9oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • sea salt
  • 100g/3½oz black olives, stoned, halved
  • 200g/7oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 225g/7oz baby spinach
  • 3 tbsp lemon-infused olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • large handful torn basil
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Mango and snow peas noodle salad
  • 450g/1lb cooked noodles
  • 2 mangoes, very firm
  • 175g/6oz snow peas, shredded lengthways
  • 6 spring onions, very finely sliced
  • handful fresh coriander (stalks are fine here)
  • 2 limes, juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or soy sauce (optional)
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seed
  • freshly ground black pepper
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From Chef

Feta, rocket and olive pasta salad

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water with 2 sprigs of the mint for the time given on the packet. 2 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the peas. Once the pasta and peas are cooked, drain in a colander and shake under cold running water until cool. Discard the mint sprigs.

Transfer to a large bowl and add the feta cheese, rocket, remaining mint, the lemon zest and half the juice, salt and pepper and a good glug of olive oil. Either roughly chop or smash the olives in a pestle and mortar and add to the pasta. Toss well and add more lemon juice, seasoning or olive oil, if preferred.

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Pasta pesto

Pasta pesto is a super-quick dish that everybody loves – adding chicken and green beans turns this into a great weeknight supper.

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Wild garlic and sausage fusilli

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