Monday, June 15, 2009

Italian Pasta Salad

I love to bring pasta salads to cookouts. They're so versatile and everyone loves a good pasta salad. I like to put in tons of veggies to really bulk it up. Usually I use some sort of fun pasta shape, or tortellini. I think everyone loves tortellini pasta salad more than regular, and I aim to please!
I like to add the warm tortellini to the onions to take a bit of the bite of raw onion, and the warm tortellini really sucks up the dressing well.

Italian Pasta Salad

2 lbs. fresh or frozen tortellini
1/2 diced red onion
1 english cucumber, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 15 oz. can artichoke hearts, diced
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. EVOO
handful of parsley
2 tbsp. fresh oregano leaves
10 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Cook tortellini according to package directions.
Add onion to a large bowl.
Add warm tortellini.
Blend dressing ingredients, pour over tortellini while still warm.
Refrigerate until chilled.
Add diced vegetables, toss, top with goat cheese and gently stir to combine.
Serve chilled.


Amie said...

That sounds excellent! I have never seen pasta salad with tortellini before. Def have to try it!

Meredith said...

That looks so good. Most of the time I don't care for pasta salad, but that looks really good!