Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Three Cheese Italian Pasta Salad

This is a great make ahead salad that is terrific to serve to company or take to a potluck.  It's on my catering menu and it's everyone's favorite!

You can add additional ingredients to suit your taste such as: slice ripe olives, zucchini, thinly sliced, chopped green pepper, etc. - make it your own!

  • 1 lb. package tricolor fusilli pasta (any pasta will do)
  • 6 oz. genoa salami, cubed
  • 6 oz. provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1 12 oz. jar Cento marinated Roasted Red Peppers (with EVOO and garlic cloves) including liquid
  • 1 8 oz. container fresh bocconcini mozzarella
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 cup olive or vegetable oil (I use vegetable oil - the red peppers have extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shaved Parmigiano for garnish

Cook the pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain.  Place in a large bowl; add the next 7 ingredients.  I use all the liquid in the jar of roasted red peppers as well as the marinated garlic clove.  Just chop into bite size pieces and add to pasta.  In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; shake well.  Pour over salad and toss to coat.  Cover and chill for 8 hours or overnight.  Toss before serving.  Garnish with shaved Parmigiano.

11 comments:

  1. I must admit, I collect pasta salad recipes like some gals collect shoes!! This is a keeper. I am just discovering your wonderful blog and am now following yours. xo,

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is so festive looking going to save it for Christmas I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is a great pasta salad. I also collect these recipes. I can't wait to try this one, my hubby will love the salami in it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love making pasta salads during the summer and this one looks like a winner....absolutely yummy.

    Hope you can come and share it at Foodie Wednesday
    http://www.frugalwannabecooks.com/2009/11/ravioli-deluca-style.html

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a delicious and pretty salad. Pasta is a weeknight favorite around here in the summer. I'd love for you to come by and show off your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a blessed day :)
    Katie

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow! this looks great! With these hot days this would be great for dinner. Maybe to take on a picnic too.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Patti, this is one beautiful pasta salad. . . perfect for these hotter days! I didn't know that you had a blog hop going on so I'll add something once finished with this comment. I would love to have you stop by my weekend linky too, if you haven't already! This salad would be a great addition!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for stopping by to share your recipe, Patti. Have a nice weekend :)
    Katie

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This Three Cheese Italian Pasta Salad is so delicious. It's my favorite. Thank you for a perfect recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sounds delicious. I make a similar salad for us quite often in summer but without the pasta so will throw some of that in next time pasta salad.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting!

 
SITE DESIGN BY DESIGNER BLOGS