If you’re looking for a pasta salad that’s stuffed full of colourful and nutritious vegetables and isn’t drenched in mayonnaise, this Mediterranean penne pasta salad is the one for you! It’s really easy to make, and a fabulous option for healthy make ahead lunches!
4tablespoonsGreek yogurtoptional – for a little creaminess!
For sprinkling (optional but highly recommended)
¼cuptoasted pine nuts(buy pre-toasted, or lightly toast in a dry frying pan, shaking every now and again)
crumbled feta cheese
a little chopped fresh mint
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Preheat the oven to 430F / 220C.
Line 2 to 3 large baking trays with baking paper and scatter all of the vegetables except the tomatoes over the baking trays in a single layer.
Drizzle with a little olive oil, then toss well with your hands. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper, then roast for 15 minutes.
Add the tomatoes to the tray. Roast for another 15 to 20 minutes until slightly browned and caramelised.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package instructions (8 to 10 minutes).
Drain the pasta and tip it into a large bowl. Tip in the vegetables and stir through the pesto and yogurt (if using).
Sprinkle with the pine nuts, feta and mint just before serving.
I usually use a good quality supermarket pesto for quickness, but by all means make your own if you prefer.
I prefer penne for my pasta salad, but use another type if you like e.g. bow ties, casareccia.
How to toast your pine nuts
If you buy untoasted pine nuts, simply roast for a few minutes in a dry frying pan. Shake every now and again. Be careful to keep a close eye on them – they burn easily once they start to toast!
How to store this pasta salad
This pasta salad keeps really well in the fridge for a few days. Simply store covered in the fridge in the bowl you made it in.Or if you prefer store it in separate glass lunch containers for grab-and-go make ahead lunches.Scatter over your pine nuts, feta, and mint just before serving, or just before you leave the house if you're packing it for a work or school lunch.
Note on nutritional info
Please note that the nutritional info shown doesn’t include the feta cheese you may or may not sprinkle over the top of your pasta salad!I highly recommend that you do include a little cheese for some tangy umami flavour, but you only really need a little bit.I don’t measure an exact amount – I just crumble a little and sprinkle!
Note on number of people this pasta salad serves
Serves 3 – 4 as a lunch or 4 – 6 as a smaller side.