Thursday, August 9, 2012

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus

Whole Wheat Orcchiette Pasta Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, and Mushrooms

Pasta is typical of different cultures and countries, but the most famous varieties and recipes come from Italy. There are hundreds of different shapes of pasta with at least locally recognised names. Examples include spaghetti (thin strings), maccheroni (tubes or cylinders), fusilli (swirls), and lasagne (sheets). A spicy pasta salad is loved by adults and children alike and can be prepared anytime without much fuss.

Asparagus Cheese Pasta Salad:

250 gms mini pasta
1 cup olives
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup oil
1 onion
1 cucumber
1 tbsp butter
1 cup cheese
1 tsp black pepper
Salt to taste
1 cup asparagus
2 tomatoes
2 tbsp red wine
1 garlic clove
1 tsp black salt

Recipe Method:
Cook pasta in well-salted water with some olive oil. Drain well reserving a cup of the pasta cooked water and let cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, red wine, oil, onion, black salt, garlic and pepper and mix being careful not to crush the fresh tomatoes .

Dry out pot and leave on high heat and add oil until almost starts to boil. Then add pasta and pasta water. Add butter, cheese, pepper, salt, tomatoes, trimmed and steamed till tender crisp then cooled and chopped asparagus, olives, and pine nuts to the pasta. Add the dressing.
Toss together and serve in shallow bowls or plates. Serve hot or cold.

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