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Spicy Italian Pasta Salad

This Spicy Italian Pasta Salad needs to be your go to pasta salad recipe for summer! Coated with a spicy sun-dried tomato pesto, it's the perfect recipe to pair with a sweet wine.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern


  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 cups fresh spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium sized shallot sliced
  • 7 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well and rinse with cold water. Let cool.
  • Add the pasta, tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella, and shallot to a serving bowl.
  • Make the dressing: add the sun-dried tomatoes (with their oil) to a food processor or blender. Add the garlic, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pulse until sundered tomatoes are finely chopped, then run the food processor or blender while adding the olive oil. Run until a thick sauce forms. Taste, then add more pepper flakes and/or salt to taste.
  • Toss pasta with sauce.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 310mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g