Berry Citrus Basil Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1 lb. pasta (farfalle/bowties)
1 lb. ham, cubed or 1/4 inch strips
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. Basil Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Lemon Olive Oil
1/4 c. Strawberry Balsamic
1/2 c. salted cashews (or more to taste)
2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
1/2 c. small cubed Asiago or farmers cheese

Instructions:
Sauté cubed ham in 1 tablespoons of Basil Olive Oil or Lemon Olive Oil in a frying pan until lightly browned. Cook pasta al dente and drain.  Put pasta into a large bowl and drizzle with the 2 tablespoons Basil Olive Oil. Mix well to coat pasta. Add ham. Mix 1/4 cup Basil Olive Oil and 1/4 cup Strawberry Balsamic and shake well. Add oil and vinegar to pasta mixture. Add black pepper to pasta mixture. Mix all together very well. Add more balsamic to taste if needed. Pasta should be well coated and it will look brown. Add cashews and cheese. Add more pepper or salt to taste. Cover and let sit in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to meld flavors (can be made ahead of time; the longer it sits, the better it tastes). Can be served cold, but is much better served at room temperature.

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