Paula's Italian Pasta Salad

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
1/2 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
450g bow tie pasta
240ml store-bought balsamic vinaigrette dressing
60ml mayonnaise
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 (113g) tin sliced mushrooms, drained
2/3 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/2 diced green bell pepper
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
1) Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil over a medium heat. Add the pasta and cook it according to the directions on the packet.

2) While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the balsamic vinaigrette, mayonnaise and sugar in a small bowl.

3) Drain the pasta well, transfer to a large serving bowl and allow it to cool. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, green pepper, salt, to taste, and the black pepper.

4) Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the grated cheese, toss lightly and serve.

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