Three-Pepper Pasta Salad
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 20 min.
- 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 small sweet red pepper, julienned
- 1 small sweet yellow pepper, julienned
- 1 small green pepper, julienned
- 1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges
- 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
- 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
- 8 ounces cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a blender, add the oil, vinegar, basil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; cover and process until blended. Drain and rinse pasta in cold water; place in a large bowl. Add the peppers, tomato, olives and onions. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Stir mozzarella cheese. Serve at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 425 calories, 26g fat (7g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 573mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.
Jun 20, 2013
This pasta salad is great! It is a nice alternative to the typical heavy mayonaise pasta salad. I used whole wheat rotini and bows (I only had half a box of each). I didn't have any green onions. Hubby doesn't like green peppers and I don't like olives, so I omitted those. I used dried basil. I didn't blend the ingredients before adding them; I just dumped them all into the bowl with the pasta (saved myself cleaning the blender and it worked just fine). I chopped the peppers instead of julienning them. I used marble cheese instead of mozarella, because that is what I had on hand and i think it complimented the taste. It turned out really well. I am very pleased. I am sure that I will bring this to a potluck one day or make it for guests.