Oaky's Pasta Salad

Oaky's Pasta Salad

OAKY'S PASTA SALAD

This dish was created due to laziness. Ok, I should stop chuckling. I was in the process of making a recipe called Antipasto-Style Penne, in which at the start of it, I realized I had bought the wrong sun-dried tomatoes. After reading the recipe once more, I became too lazy to broil the red bell pepper, the whole nine yards, and I was omitting the olives altogether anyway. Instead, I came up with something a bit similar, and it became a much faster side dish that could easily pass for a main dish served with a salad.

I noted a few variations on some items, in which you can do as you please. This recipe yields about 5-6 servings.

GET:

  • 8oz uncooked bowtie pasta [You can use penne or corkscrew]
  • 1/3 cup refrigerated pesto
  • 3 slices of salami, diced [Bacon makes it a little saltier, which can be great, or you can use pancetta]
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, in olive oil, bruschetta style [If you can't find this, get 7oz jar sun-dried tomato halves; drain and chop them]
  • 1 (7oz) jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

MAKE:

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
  • While pasta is looking, combine pesto, salami, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and salt.
  • Add the pasta and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan and pine nuts to garnish.
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