Pasta Salad Skewers

Pasta Salad Skewers
Staff Writer
TheEntertainingShoppe.com

This recipe makes pasta salad even more perfect for entertaining, serving it on handheld skewers. The folks from TheEntertainingShoppe.com chose to include cheese-filled tortellinis to make it extra flavorful.

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8
Servings
190
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the skewers

  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and sliced in 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 Cup good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Pound frozen or fresh cheese tortellini

For the dressing

  • 1/3 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 Cup good olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the skewers

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, and pepper on a large sheet pan. Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.

Meanwhile, cook the tortellini in boiling salted water according to package instructions. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.
 

For the dressing

For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and pour on the pasta and vegetables. Let cool to room temperature. Check the seasonings and then thread all ingredients 1 at a time on to skewers and serve at room temperature. If making for appetizers on toothpicks, just make a small combo of your own choosing.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
17g
13%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
46µg
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
135mg
14%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
203mg
29%
Selenium, Se
19µg
35%
Sodium, Na
537mg
36%
Water
38g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pasta Salad 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.

Pasta Salad 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.