Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Veggie Pasta Delight

I just love recipes with the word 'delight' in the title - it's so delightful...hardee har har.  This past weekend spring finally sprung - warm sunshine...sweet spring smells in the air...semi-annual man-rite of spring on the agenda.  Yes, it's new grill shopping season.  Hubs has been eyeing up the grills for the past month - comparing and contrasting models and features.  And finally, this weekend the time had come.  A new, shining, stainless steel behemoth sits proudly on the deck.  To christen the new grill we fired 'er up for hot dogs and bratwursts.  Yep, we're classy ;)  Since man woman cannot live on processed meat alone, I cooked up this tasty veggie pasta as a side dish. 

Simple Spring Veggie Pasta

1 pound rotini pasta
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 roma tomato, diced
1 bottle of your favorite Italian dressin
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 - Boil your pasta according to the directions - in the final 2 minutes of boiling, add the red bell pepper to the pot (in addition to mellowing the pepper a bit, throwing it in with the pasta will delicately flavor the pasta too)
2 - Drain pasta & peppers
3 - Add drained pasta, peppers & onion to serving bowl
4 - Add 1/2 bottle Italian dressing and 1/2 cup of grated cheese
5 - Stir well to combine (the cheese will melt deliciously into the hot pasta)
6 - Add the tomatoes and another 1/4 cup or so of Italian dressing and give it another stir
7 - Serve warm (my favorite) or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve (hubs favorite)
8 - Add additional dressing (to taste) & final 1/2 cup grated cheese right before serving

On a side-note, woman can live on pasta alone :)


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MNUKGIRL said...'s 12am here in England. I should be sleeping, but I think I might have to go and whip up a batch of this pasta! YUM!! Great blog! Looking forward to stopping back often! Hope you stop by and visit! :) Jo @ (aka)...and Bob's your uncle. Stopping by from Happy Mommy of Two's Stylish Blogger Award! :)

Brandy J. said...

MMMM...looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

I was just looking for a pasta salad recipe!! Thanks!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

That looks really tasty and refreshing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

BakingMama said...

yum! Looks delish!

Patti said...

I'm so anxious for warm weather to have more salads...we still have snow on the ground here!! Stop by Pandora's Box for a chance to win some vintage linens

Kara @ Nest Candy said...

I am seriously drooling over this pasta salad. I {LOVE} pasta and Spring. They just go together so well! Thanks for sharing and p.s. I love your blog and I'm your newest follower. :) said...

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Little Brick Ranch said...

I am living this pasta. It reminds me of a perfect for spring! If you get a sec, pop on over to my Foodie Friday party and link up!
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Tiffany said...

Oh my... think I'll go make this tonight! Thanks!

Lisa said...

Pasta salad is one of my favorite spring & summer foods. Something about it just makes me so excited for warm weather. YUM! said...

This look delish! I love the addition of the red pepper at the end of the pasta cooking. I wouldn't have thought of that!

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