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List of ingredients for Tomato and garlic pasta salad

* 300 g small Dried pasta shapes such as shells, small Macaroni etc.
* 4 whole unpeeled Cloves of Garlic.
* A quarter of a Cucumber, peeled and finely chopped.
* A handful of black pitted Olives.
* 400 g mixed Cherry tomatoes of your choice.
* 4 tablespoons White wine vinegar.
* 7 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil.
* A few Spring onions, finely chopped or a handful finely chopped of Chives.
* A handful of fresh Basil leaves, torn.
* A handful of fresh Parsley, chopped.
* Sea salt and Freshly ground black pepper.
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* Blanched, chopped Asparagus.
* Chopped Anchovies
* Shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano
* Chopped Salami, Bacon, Parma ham, etc.
* Cooked Peas / Beans / Chickpeas / sweetcorn etc.
* Grated Carrots.
* Chopped Celery.
* Baby Broad beans.
* Avocado pear.
* Sun-dried tomatoes.
* Chopped Roast Bell peppers
* Blanched Broccoli florets.
* Chopped Dried shrimp - rehydrate by pre-soaking in just Boiled water for 10 minutes
* Small fresh Prawns.
* Pine nuts.
* Crushed Walnuts.
* Quartered hard-boiled eggs.
* Croutons.

* Boil the Pasta and the Garlic cloves in a large pan of salted water until Al-dente. About 6 to 9 minutes for Dried pasta, much less for Fresh pasta.
* Reserve the Garlic, drain and rinse the Pasta under cold running water to cool.
* Chop the Tomatoes, Cucumber, Olives and other ingredients into fairly small pieces, ideally around the same size as the Pasta. Arrange in a large serving bowl.
* Squeeze the Garlic cloves into a Mortar and pestle, add the Oil and Vinegar and mush up into a paste. Season with Salt and Pepper.
* Drizzle this dressing over the Salad, toss and serve.


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