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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.


  • 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


  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