Pasta Salad Skewers

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Pasta Salad Skewers
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
364
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.
 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
34%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
23%
Cholesterol
24mg
8%
Protein
9g
17%
Carbs
34g
11%
Vitamin A
38µg
4%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
7.9%
Vitamin C
50mg
84%
Vitamin E
3mg
15%
Vitamin K
14µg
18%
Calcium
101mg
10%
Fiber
3g
13%
Folate (food)
32µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
92µg
23%
Folic acid
35µg
N/A
Iron
1mg
7%
Magnesium
25mg
6%
Monounsaturated
14g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
11%
Phosphorus
146mg
21%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
265mg
8%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
12.6%
Sodium
418mg
17%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
14.6%
Zinc
0.8mg
5.1%

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