Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pasta Salad, Italian Style

This is an easy recipe that can be varied to use the ingredients you have on hand. It's a tasty accompaniment (great with hamburgers!) or, if made with tortellini, could even be a light supper.

Pasta Salad, Italian Style

Dry pasta (any small shape), 8 ounces--or frozen cheese tortellini, about 13 ounces

Olive oil, about 1/4 cup

Fresh garlic, about 3 cloves, minced

Fresh basil, about 3 tablespoons, cut into strips

Balsamic vinegar, about 1/4 cup

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional additions: tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella cheese, olives, pepperoni, etc., all cut into small bite-size pieces

Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, mix olive oil and garlic in small bowl. Drain pasta and transfer to medium bowl; add balsamic vinegar and mix to coat. Add oil mixture and remaining ingredients; mix to coat. Chill thoroughly.

Notes: I usually make this with tortellini and tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella if I have it on hand. This weekend I used the ingredients I had: pasta and pepperoni. The pasta version is much less expensive, because most of the ingredients are staples in my kitchen.

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  1. this would be great for a weekly night meal or on the weekend

  2. I love love LOVE any kind of pasta salad...this sounds great!!

  3. The PERFECT summer salad, no? I love it too! Thanks for the reminder! Thanks for visiting my blog and good luck on trying the chicken cordon bleu!

  4. I prepared pasta salad for Memorial Day! I switch between balsamic and red wine vinegars, depending on my entree. Yes, it is great with burgers.

  5. Love all the options! My daughter is a huge fan of pasta salad - sure she would love this one!

  6. That looks awesome! We love Pasta Salad at our house! Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my Black Forest Cupcakes!

  7. Looks delicious! I'm definitely going to try this. :-)


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