Pasta Salad

Every once in a while Food Network Magazine will have a great recipe where they give you choices so you can assemble a salad, a pizza, a pasta dish, etc. to your liking. You can mix and match ingredients hundreds of different ways and get a yummy result every time. This month’s focus was pasta salad.
Here is the combo we tried:

1/2 lb. Fusilli pasta
1 cup hard boiled egg, chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

For the dressing:
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add eggs, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and cheese. Stir to combine.

For the dressing: In a small pan over medium heat, cook garlic, red pepper flakes and olive oil for three minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour dressing over pasta salad. Toss. Chill for up to three hours.

We had this with cheeseburgers and fruit salad.

Did I change anything? I think next time I will make a little more dressing.

What did the family think? The kids weren’t super excited about it, but they ate it. Hubby and I liked it and it went really well with the cheeseburgers and fruit salad. This would make a great picnic dish, too.

Where did this recipe come from? Food Network Magazine, June 2011, pg. 79

1 Comment

Filed under Definitely Making it Again, Easy, Make Ahead of Time, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian

One Response to Pasta Salad

  1. I love pasta salad. A LOT. But unfortunately Chad doesn’t like it as much. I think the girls do though, so I’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks!

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