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Panzanella Pasta

We take classic panzanella ingredients like ripe tomatoes, peppers and olives and toss them with hot noodles for a hearty pasta dish. My kids especially like the crunchy croutons. —Ashley Pierce, Brantford, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (1 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 6 cups cubed French bread (1-inch pieces)
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium sweet yellow or orange peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn
  • 8 ounces feta or part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add bread cubes; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until toasted. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and remaining oil until blended. Add tomatoes, peppers, olives and basil; toss lightly.
  • Drain spaghetti and add to tomato mixture. Add toasted bread cubes and cheese; toss to combine. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 297 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 739mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • spiceygas
    Sep 29, 2014

    My girlfriend and I really liked this recipe. It's good cold or warmed up in an oven for a couple minutes.Just be aware that the croutons will get soggy after you store the leftovers in the fridge.

  • Beema
    Jul 17, 2014

    This is such a nice, colorful, quick and easy meal that it will become one of your go-to meals for a hot summer day. As a volunteer field editor, I have made a similar recipe for years, usually adding bits of ham or chicken to the mix, along with a little minced garlic. Ashley Pierce's version is equally as good. Bravo!