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Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

I always love to try new recipes.  Sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re not – like the molasses and raisin bran muffin recipe I tried not too long ago.  I will not be sharing that one with you!  It seems that every time I try a barefoot contessa recipe I just can’t go wrong and I adore her more.  I have adapted this recipe from her Family Style cookbook.  I have doubled it for a large crowd and cut way back on the salt in the dressing.  Feel free to add more salt in – just experiment yourself.  I made this recently for my tennis team and they loved it – I hope you will, too.

sun-dried tomatoe pasta salad

 

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fusilli pasta
  • 1 1/2 pound tomatoes, medium diced
  • 1 1/2 cups black olive, sliced (I use plain ones, Ina prefers kalamata)
  • 2 pounds fresh mozzarella, chunked
  • 12 sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped up
  • DRESSING:
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 T. red wine vinegar
  • 12 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 t. capers, drained
  • 1 t. kosher salt- add more if you desire
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 cup basil, julienned

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta with salt & olive oil per package directions. Drain and cool.
  2. Add the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes to the pasta.
  3. Dressing: Combine dressing ingredients in a food processor and process until almost smooth.
  4. Add dressing to pasta and mix. Toss with parmesan and basil.
  5. Feeds a large group of hungry tennis ladies. Enjoy!

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{ 4 comments… add one }

  • admin May 17, 2011, 7:05 am

    Thanks for commenting, Gale!

  • Gale May 16, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I have made this recipe for my family on a few of our get-togethers and it is a HUGE hit. The amount I make is beyond reasonable so I can send some home with my ummarried adult sons…don’t they still need some of mama’s cookin? Thanks for sharing the recipe, Joan!

  • admin May 10, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Thanks, Shelly!

  • Shelly May 10, 2011, 10:57 am

    This stuff is the best ever! Love it!

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