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Garden Fresh Basil Broccoli Tomato Pasta Salad

Garden fresh broccoli and basil salad
Garden fresh broccoli and basil make a very flavorful pasta salad.

Does anything smell or taste better than fresh basil from the garden?  I think not!  I absolutely love the smell and taste of sweet basil picked fresh from the garden.  Broccoli and tomatoes picked fresh from the garden taste so much better than store-bought too.   Here’s a recipe that uses fresh basil, broccoli, and grape tomatoes, is super easy to make and is very tasty.

Garden Fresh Basil Broccoli Tomato Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 head of fresh broccoli, washed and cut into bite-size pieces

8 sweet basil leaves, washed and chopped  finely (about 1/3 cup)

1/3 block cubed extra sharp cheddar cheese

12 sweet grape tomatoes, cut in half

6 oz. whole wheat medium pasta shells, cooked according to directions

2/3 cup Light Miracle Whip

Salt and pepper to taste

Prepared broccoli, tomatoes, cheese, and basil.
Prepared broccoli, tomatoes, cheese, and basil.

If you’re worried about cabbage worms in the broccoli, soak it in salt water to get rid any cabbage worms that may be hiding in the heads.  Rinse well after soaking.

Basil, broccoli, tomatoes, pasta shells.
Basil, broccoli, tomatoes, pasta shells.

Combine rinsed and cooled pasta shells, tomatoes, broccoli, basil, and cubed cheese in a medium size bowl.

Add Light Miracle Whip
Add Light Miracle Whip

Stir in Light Miracle Whip.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Colorful broccoli, tomato, basil pasta salad.
Colorful broccoli, tomato, basil pasta salad.

Chill. Serve with whole grain bread or crackers.  Great for a quick summer meal.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Come Again on the Weekday (When I have to work)!

Another day of rain yesterday and some overnight has left a very soggy backyard.  The vegetables in the raised beds don’t mind a bit and are thriving.  I have flower bulbs to plant, but will wait until the ground dries out a bit.  I may get them started in pots if the rain continues.  I will need to re-apply the insecticidal soap after the rain to keep the pests off of the beans, as they are getting chewed on.