Insalata Italiana

Insalata Italiana
Staff Writer
Insalata di Italia

Francesca Borgognone

Insalata di Italia

Not to be a bit boasty or anything, but when cooking, there are a whole lot of fantastic Italian ingredients. Rich cheeses, salty, cured meats, oily olives — are you salivating yet? — are ideal and will always make a great spread as a starter or a dream base for a killer recipe. 

Such is the story of this pasta salad — a food lover's dream. Try not to eat more than one dish, let's see how you do. 

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Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  farfalle
  • 1/4  Pound  soppressata, cubed
  • 1/4  Pound  pepperoni, cubed
  • 1/4  Pound  imported prosciutto, cubed
  • 1/4  Pound  sharp provolone, cubed
  • 1/4  Pound  ricotta salata, cubed
  • 2  Tablespoons  grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4  Cup  Sicilian olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4  Cup  cured black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1  Cup  arugula, packed and chopped roughly
  • 3  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  red-wine vinegar
  • 1  Tablespoon  garlic powder
  • 1  Tablespoon  spicy mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside in the refrigerator to cool. In a bowl, combine the meats and cheeses with the olives and arugula. After an hour or so, combine the pasta with the mixture. Fold in the olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
18g
26%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Carbohydrate, by difference
26g
20%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
14µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
67mg
7%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
25µg
6%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
28mg
9%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
163mg
23%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
403mg
27%
Water
174g
6%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Italian Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Italian Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.