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Italian pasta salad – a tasty recipe with tortellini the Tuscan style

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This Italian pasta salad encompasses everything you might like about food from Tuscany. The ultimate benefit of this dish is that you can serve it warm or chilled. That sounds very practical, doesn’t it? Not to mention that the food is completely flexible in terms of the ingredients used.

What is the best way to prepare an Italian pasta salad?

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We didn’t try this recipe until earlier, but we’ve since tweaked it based on our favorite Tuscan flavors. It’s not that we actually went there because of that, but with a few simple steps this pasta delicacy is easy to make. Let the summer come to your home with it and invite your friends to dinner.

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So how can you prepare such a pasta dish? An Italian pasta salad is part of the Tuscan charm. For the best consistency, we would recommend making the salad no more than a day in advance. Since the tortellini tend to absorb a lot of the salad dressing while they are refrigerating, we also advise making a little more of it. It is also a good idea to stir the salad well before serving, so that the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes is distributed.

Use other pasta for an Italian pasta salad

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You can of course use various types of pasta in this recipe. The best type of pasta for such dishes is the one that is made with many rough edges so that the dressing can completely soak in each bite. Farfalle and Fusilli are also very suitable choices in this regard.


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  • 400 g tortellini with cream cheese
  • 60 ml of virgin olive oil
  • ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • black pepper to taste
  • 200 g chopped salami or prosciutto ham
  • 150 g baby spinach
  • 1 pinch of salt or to taste
  • 150 g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100 g freshly grated parmesan cheese


Pour water into a pot Prepare boiling water

  1. First, boil water in a saucepan while sprinkling a teaspoon of salt over it.
  2. Insert the tortellini and cook according to the instructions on the packaging. When the pasta is ready, drain it into a large bowl using a suitable sieve.
  3. To mix the dressing, use a separate glass to mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey in. Then season the salad dressing with salt and pepper.
  4. Then add the prosciutto or salami (or both), spinach, sundried tomatoes, and the dressing to the bowl.
  5. Mix the whole thing together and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. As mentioned above, an Italian pasta salad should be served warm or cold. Bon Appetit!

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