Easy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Easy Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
Staff Writer
Fusilli
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Fusilli

Fr this Italian side try substituting the mozzarella with a fresh goat cheese or ricotta. You can also serve this hearty pasta salad warm.

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces dried fusilli pasta
  • 1 red pepper, seeded
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 black olives, halved
  • 7 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • One bunch fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and cook the fusilli until it is al dente. Drain the pasta and run it under cold water.

Roast the red pepper for 20 minutes.

Transfer the roasted peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and leave for 10 minutes as this allows the steam to loosen the skin of the pepper.

Remove from the bowl, peel off the skin, and dice the flesh.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl and mix in the roasted pepper, tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, and basil.

Drizzle generously with olive oil and season with the salt and pepper.

Easy Italian Shopping Tip

Make sure you have all the recipes you are going to make ahead of time. Compile your grocery list from those recipes a week in advance.

Easy Italian Cooking Tip

Balance the amount of dishes prepared ahead and those put together last minute – serve cold dishes made in advance as well as items straight from the stove.