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Spanish pasta salad is super easy, super tasty, ready in less than 20 minutes and packed to bursting with lovely Spanish sunshine flavours.

Quick, tasty and delicious our Spanish pasta salad can be ready in less than 20 minutes making it great for weeknight dinner when you’re short on time. 

This is one of my favourite go-to summer side dishes.

It goes perfectly with BBQ food, antipasti platter or just grilled chicken. It’s just so delicious!

It’s mouthwateringly tasty, packed with Spanish flavours and super simple to make.

As ever feel free to swap and change the ingredients around depending on what you like and what you’ve got in. 

bowlful of Spanish pasta salad with tomatoes and manchego cheese

Equipment Needed To Make Our Pasta Salad

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Saucepan
  • Colander
  • Serving bowl

Spanish Pasta Salad Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of delicious ingredients to throw together this tasty pasta salad recipe

  • 350g pasta – I used Spinach trotolle pasta, but feel free to use any pasta shapes you like.
  • 4 tbsp sun dried tomato pesto
  • 450g jar of antipasto chargrilled peppers (drained and roughly chopped)
  • 300g baby plum tomatoes – halved
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 100g Manchego cheese – cut into cubes
  • Handful of Basil leaves – roughly torn

How To Make Spanish Pasta Salad

You’ll just LOVE how simple this easy pasta salad recipe is to make.

bowlful of Spanish pasta salad with tomatoes and manchego cheese

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Step One – cook the pasta

  • Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions in plenty of boiling salted water.
  • Once cooked drain using a colander and run the pasta under cold water to cool it down quickly.

Step Two – add the pesto to the Spanish Pasta Salad

  • Mix the pesto into the pasta and stir gently to coat all the pasta shapes.

Step Three – add the rest of the pasta salad ingredients

  • Toss in the baby plum tomatoes, chopped peppers, Manchego cheese and smoked paprika. Stir everything together gently.

Step Four – serve

  • Tip into a serving dish and scatter with roughly torn Basil.

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Make Pasta Salad Your Way

  • Switch the Manchego cheese for Feta or mini Mozzarella balls. 
  • Add in some fat discs of chorizo.
  • Throw in some courgette, aubergine or olives – you can buy lovely jars of antipasto aubergines which work really well in this salad.
  • Roast your own fresh peppers instead of buying jarred ones. 

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Yield: Serves 4

Spanish Pasta Salad

bowlful of Spanish pasta salad with tomatoes and manchego cheese

Super easy, tasty flavourful pasta salad dish that's perfect for summer.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 350g pasta
  • 4 tbs sun dried tomato pesto 
  • 450g jar antipasto chargrilled peppers - drained and roughly chopped
  • 300g baby plum tomatoes - halved 
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika 
  • 100g Manchego cheese - cut into cubes 
  • Handful of Basil - roughly torn 

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions in lots of boiling salted water with just a dash of olive oil. Once cooked, drain and run the pasta under cold water to cool it down fast.
  2. Mix the pesto into the pasta and stir gently to coat.
  3. Toss in the baby plum tomatoes, chopped peppers, Manchego and smoked paprika, stir gently.
  4. Tip into a serving dish and scatter with roughly torn Basil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 543Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 820mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 27g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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