Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad
$10 makes 8+ servings
1lb Penne pasta
1 tsp olive oil
1/2c each, green & red bell pepper
1/2c red onion, chopped
1 med. Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1 small can, sliced black olives
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2c shredded parmesan
1c smoked mozzarella, cubed
1/4c white vinegar
1 tsp cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste
1/4c chopped fresh parsley
optional additions: 1/2c frozen (cooked) spinach, chopped and/or 1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
1. Cook pasta al dente, drain well (rinse with cold water to retain shape), return to pot. Add olive oil and smoked mozzarella cheese, stir until melted. (you may need to keep it on low heat)
2. Add mayo, vinegar, cayenne, salt, pepper, onion, garlic. Stir well. Remove from heat.
3. Add the bell peppers, (spinach, artichokes), then tomatoes and olives.
4. Toss with parmesan, parsley, and juice from 1/2 lemon. Serve hot (Dan's fave) or cold (my fave!) with a refreshing summery beverage (vodka lemonade, anyone?)
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