June 27, 2011

Pasta Salad with Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives

In a desperate attempt to make dinner while running low on ingredients, I found I had all needed for this pasta salad. I have soft spot for intensely flavored items like capers, cured olives, and marinated sun-dried tomatoes.

I'm not too wordy lately...I apologize if you wanted some entertainment.

Pasta Salad with Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives
adapted from Bon App├ętit by The Parsley Thief

6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoons capers, drained
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 pound Campenelle pasta
1 large red-ripe tomato, diced
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks
1 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted & halved

Add the olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, red wine vinegar, capers, & garlic to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the tomatoes are coarsely chopped. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain & transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing & toss to coat. Cool to room temperature, tossing occasionally.

Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, & olives. Toss to combine. Taste & season with salt & pepper, if needed.


Carolyn said...

This is what you make when you're RUNNING LOW on ingredients for dinner?! I'm amazed! :)

At my house, it would be grilled cheese.

Denae said...

OK, maybe running low on ingredients is the wrong statement. I should have said running low on menu plans.

Suzanne said...

When we're low on ingredients (we're always low on menu plans), it's a big bowl of Cheerios and a good game of toilet bowl tag. I'd prefer the pasta!