Monday, June 4, 2007

Favorite Pasta Salad

This ons is totally different that other pasta salads.
Love it.

1/2 lb spiral pasta (fusilli)
Olive oil
1 lb medium diced ripe tomatoes
3/4 cup good black olives, pitted and diced
1 lb fresh mozzarella, medium diced
6 sun-dried tomatoes on oil, drained and chopped

5 sun-dried tomatoes on oil, drained
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
6 TBsp good olive oil
1 garlic clode, diced
1 tsp capers, drained
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper (freshly ground if you have it)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (if I don't have it I use that fake stuff sometimes - but fresh is best!)
1 cup packed basil leaves (or substitute some dried basil)

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water with a splash of oil to keep it from sticking together. Boil for 12 minutes or according to the package. Drain well and allow to cool. Place pasta in a bowl and add tomatoes, oilves, mozzeralla and chopped sun-dried tomoatoes.
For dressing, combine sundried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, capers, salt and pepper in a food processor til smooth. (i do mine in a cup with one of those standing up mixer thingies -kwim?)
Pour dressing over pasta, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and basil, toss well.