Balsamic flavored pasta salad

17 Jul
Balsamic Pasta Salad. Photo by mightyro_cooking4u I made this the other night and it’s awesome!  I found the recipe to be common sense; nothing really unusual.  I think to kick it up a notch feta cheese and roasted pred pepper would add flavor!
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups small shell pasta, of choice uncooked
  • 3/4 cup broccoli, chopped into small flowerettes
  • 1 red pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 green onion, sliced fine

Directions:

  1. Whisk first 6 ingredients together to prepare the dressing mix, set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta of your choice.
  3. While pasta is cooking, chop broccoli and blanch for 2 minutes.
  4. Combine cooked pasta, blanched broccoli, chopped red pepper and sliced green onion.
  5. Pour dressing mix on top of pasta mixture; toss to coat.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. **Note: Preparation can be accomplished while pasta is cooking, making this a very quick dish**.
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