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.
Servings: 10 servings
- 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