Friday, August 15, 2008

Penne Pasta Salad

Penne Pasta Salad

We had a Potluck in the office the other day and one of my colleagues had made this amazing pasta salad and I was totally glued to it. I did ask her the recipe and just rushed to the grocery store to gather the ingredients that I needed to get on to making an amazing pasta salad myself.

The have a little changes to the original recipe that my dear friend gave me but hey none the less it did turn out to be amazing.

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 cups penne pasta
1 table spoon Marinara Sauce (the original recipe calls use of Pesto sauce, but the store did not have pesto)
3-4 Spring onions (finely chopped along with the greens)
2 spoonfuls of red capsicum (finely chopped)
Italian Vinaigrette – according to taste
Garlic Salt – according to taste.
Basil leaves – finely chopped.
Boiled Corn – 2 spoonfuls.

This recipe actually does not follow any particular measurements and you can add or remove ingredients as per your taste and liking.

Making pesto is very simple:

Grind together basil leaves, pine cuts, garlic, olive oil and salt to taste. Pine nuts could be substituted by walnuts as well. In case you don’t have basil, coriander or parsley could be used as well.

In a large pan, bring water to a boil. Once the water starts boil add the pasta to it. Also add some salt to add the salty flavor to the pasta. Stir well and let it cook till the pasta is al-dente.

Drain the pasta and keep aside in a bowl. Add the marinara (or pesto sauce), garlic salt, chopped spring onions, basil leaves (chopped), red capsicum (finely chopped), Italian vinaigrette and corn to the pasta and mix all the ingredients well. The salad could be served as it is or you can refrigerate in the fridge for 30 mins before serving.

I am sure this recipe will be a refreshing change for all of you.

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