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Campanelle in creamy herb and citrus salad dressing

Campanelle in creamy herb and citrus salad dressing: Here at The Big Dream Factory, we endeavor to create real Italian pasta. We then take inspiration from around us here in Florida and add ingredients we can find locally. This is how we came to make our campanelle (gigli) pasta with fresh lemon zest and juice. It came out so well and is one of the most popular pastas on our menu.

When it comes to showing off our pasta, we try and choose a flavor favorite of the season and on this particular occasion it was lemon. We gathered fresh herbs from around The Farm and combined them with lime and mayonnaise to make this refreshing, homemade and homegrown pasta salad. An absolute winner and we think you will agree.

The next campanelle in creamy herb and citrus salad dressing dish we make, we will be adding a little heat to the mix with some hot chilli pepper.

Ingredients for 4 – 6

  • 250 grams Pasta Nostra Lemon Gigli Campanelle pasta for salad
  • Juice and zest of 2 small to medium lime
  • 1 clove garlic, finely crushed
  • 50 mls mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chive leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and run under cold, running water to stop it cooking further, then drain again. Toss the pasta in the olive oil and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, bring all of the other ingredients together and combine well.
  3. Check the seasoning before adding the pasta and mixing well.
  4. Cover and chill in the fridge for up to 1 hour before serving.


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My name is Susie Evans-Ardovini and I created The Big Dream Factory. I was born in the UK and have been a chef and restauranteur for over 30 years. During this time I have also lived in France and Italy where I visited many beautiful places and met many wonderful people. I am particularly impressed with the Italian way of life and their approach to food. Many families work extremely hard to grow and produce their own salumi, cheese, wine and olive oil which means that they have a wealth of knowledge and experience, most of which has been handed down through countless generations. It is no different in the kitchen. Nearly all foods served at an Italian table have been gathered from someones garden or field, and is then served alongside homemade, pasta, gnocchi, and countless dishes that could not be recounted in this tiny space since each family's knowledge is unique ... well, you can only imagine. I have walked Rome, climbed to the top of the Vatican, seen Milan, Venice, the Cinque Terre, climbed mountains, walked The Path of the Gods, wandered the great city of Napoli, lived on the little Island of Ponza and gathered a pile of friends, family and photographs as well as invalueable experience along the way. I became a new immigrant to the U.S.A on December 15th, 2013. With the support of many great friends and a passion (bordering on obsession), I am here in search of the American Dream and to bring you the natural flavours and vibrant colours of Italy. All my pasta, gnocchi and biscotti are made by hand just as I saw Italians do in homes and good restaurants all over Italy, every day and sometimes, twice a day. I hope you enjoy my creations and invite you to share your comments, photographs and recipes with me on Facebook or Twitter. In return I of course, will share beautiful Italy with you.

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