Thursday, September 18, 2008

Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad

Make this so you don't have to make anything else for dinner. It has it all. Protein, veggies, carbohydrates. What more do you need? Maybe a dessert. Add some ice cream on top of this and you are good to go.

1/2 lb wagon wheel pasta
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
8 fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 stick pepperoni, casing removed and cut into a small dice
1 lb ball fresh mozzarella, diced
20 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
A few grinds black pepper

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain, rinse and set aside.

Combine tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni, mozzarella, basil and pasta in a big bowl. Whisk garlic salt, Italian seasoning, tomato paste and vinegar together. Stream in extra-virgin olive oil while continuing to whisk dressing. When oil is incorporated, pour dressing over pasta salad, add a few grinds of black pepper to the bowl, then toss salad to coat evenly. Adjust your seasonings and serve.

Yields 8 servings.


Mal Robin said...

Thats beautiful. I wanna eat it.

Andrea said...

I just found your blog, and I love love love it. It's great. I'll be a regular reader from now on!

heather said...

van is sleeping 8 to 8!?!? wow. last night was OKAY. she woke up at 12, 4, and 6 when I finally brought her in my bed. i REALLY hope she takes after van in a couple of weeks in her own room.

Janeen said...

I am going to put it on my menu! Thanks Whit - my family isn't likeing me all that much since i have only been cooking with meat on the weekends. I don't think Chad is going to be able to handle it much longer tell they get use to it. keep bringing on the vegetarian meals

Valerie said...

I will be making the red bell corn chowder AGAIN for Book Club! I decided to use a La Brea Baguette along side with a green sald, yum, yum!

Tami said...

Your blog is wonderful! My family loves all sorts of pasta salads so I can't wait to try this one out on them. :) Thanks for sharing it!

rookie cookie said...

Mal, I will make it for you.

Andrea, WELCOME! Thanks for reading.

Heather, just remember that she will not be sleeping like that in a year, probably not even in 6 months. It will end.

Janeen, I have a couple veg meals on the way!

Valerie, glad you like the chowder! We loved it too. Probably one of Ethan's favorite.

Tami, thank you! We too love a pasta salad around here. They get better each day!