Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

You can make this simple Italian pasta in fewer than 30 minutes, and the presentation is super trendy — thanks...
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Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar
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Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

You can make this simple Italian pasta in fewer than 30 minutes, and the presentation is super trendy — thanks to Mason jars. The jars make it easy to bring this pasta along to picnics and outdoor events, so start planning your next outing now.

6
Servings
116
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2/3  Cups  elbow pasta
  • 1  Tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3  Cup  fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 1/3  Cup  cherry tomatoes
  • leaves of basil
  • 1/2  Tablespoon  balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3  Cup  cooked ham, julienned

Directions

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions; drain. Drizzle with a tiny amount of olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together, then lay it flat on a platter to cool down.

Toss pasta with olive oil, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and ham; serve in Mason jars.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
11g
8%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
29µg
4%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
46µg
51%
Calcium, Ca
44mg
4%
Choline, total
12mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
7µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
35mg
5%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
68mg
5%
Water
18g
1%

Italian Pasta 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 Pasta 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.

Italian Pasta Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.