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Servings: 10 servings

Spicy Italian Pasta Salad

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well and rinse with cold water. Let cool.
  2. Add the pasta, tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella, and shallot to a serving bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce.
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 serving) — Calories: 292, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 310mg, Carbohydrates: 41g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 10g