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Pasta Fruit Salad recipe

Pasta Fruit Salad recipe

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A fantastic way of incorporating pasta into a fruit salad. Chilled cooked pasta is served with pineapple, mandarines, marshmallows, cherries and whipped cream.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 200g acini di pepe pasta
  • 1 1/3 (432g) tins crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
  • 1 1/2 (295g) tins mandarin segments, drained with liquid reserved
  • 225ml whipped cream
  • 200g mini marshmallows
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 1/4 (225g) jars cocktail cherries, drained (optional)

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:15min ›Extra time:8hr chilling › Ready in:8hr30min

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain.
  2. In medium saucepan, combine reserved liquids from pineapple and mandarins (equals about 350ml), sugar, eggs, salt and flour. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. When mixture becomes thick, add cooked pasta and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, add pineapple and mandarins, whipped cream and marshmallows to taste. Mix together and top with cherries, if desired. Keep chilled until served.

Acini di pepe pasta

Can be purchased in Italian speciality shops or online. If unavailable, use orzo pasta instead.

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by Marie Stafford Farley Tracy

I have made this salad with a few alterations that make this recipe the bomb! Substitute the flour, and use 1 heaping tablespoon of corn starch. Once the pasta and the liquid mixture have been made wait until custardy mixture and pasta cool to room temperature. Once custard is room temperature add in the whip topping, until thouroughly blended. Then add the marshmellows, pasta, pineapple and mandarin oranges. I omit the cherries altogether. Whalla, I much better way of combining this salad with creamier results!-28 Dec 2001


My family loves this! I took it to a potluck with friends, and they loved it too! I had to use orzo since I couldn't find acini di pepe in my 3 local supermarkets (I live in Hilo, Hawaii). I will definitely be making this again.-05 Jul 2002

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½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound bite-size pasta (we used cassarece)

¾ cup pecans, roughly chopped

⅓ cup shaved Parmesan, or more to taste

1. Whisk the olive oil with the lemon juice, lemon zest and mustard to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package&rsquos instructions. Drain and let cool slightly.

3. Toss the cooled pasta with the apples, grapes and pecans. Add the dressing and toss well to coat. Finally, add the Parmesan and mix gently to combine.

4. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days.