Pasta salad is an ideal lunch box for the kids to take to school.
One of the advantages of pasta salad is that you don’t have to worry about it becoming soggy like sandwiches can sometimes become. This mortadella pasta salad can be made the night before, stored in the fridge and will be perfect for your kids to enjoy the following lunchtime.
The dressing the pasta is coated in also makes a good base for variations on using mortadella sausage. By the way Mortadella is an Italian cured pork salami type sausage.
• Put a pan of water on to boil and add salt to taste and then cook the pasta according to the instructions.
• Meanwhile whisk together oil, lemon juice, salt and mustard to make the dressing.
• Drain the cooked pasta and tip into a large bowl, pour the dressing over the pasta and toss well to coat.
• When cool, stir in the mortadella pieces, chopped parsley, if using and parmesan flakes. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if required.
If your kids are not keen on parsley but you want to add some green-ness and vegetables to the pasta. Cook 150 g of frozen peas and add to the pasta instead.
This recipe was taken from Nigella Express – and the TV programme of the same name. You can order your copy of this excellent cook book here Nigella Express