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 Time 20minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Dorothy Kern
2cupsfresh spinachroughly chopped
1cupshredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
1medium sized shallotsliced
7ouncejar sun-dried tomatoes in oil
1-2teaspoonsdried red pepper flakes
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.