Herbed Pasta Salad

Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/2 lbs. orecchiette or other short pasta
1/3 c. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 c. copped fresh basil leaves
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley leaves

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water; leave in colander, and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat oil and garlic over medium. Cook, stirring until garlic is fragrant and sizzling, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Pour garlic oil through a sieve into a large bowl; discard garlic. Add pasta and herbs to oil. Season generously with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, chilled or at room temperature. (Salad may be made up to 2 days in advance; before serving, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.)

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