Wednesday, November 30, 2005

(VF)RotW: Best Pasta Salad Ever

pasta (rotini is best)
sweet onion or shallots
red bell pepper
parmesean cheese
good Italian dressing (I use the Good Seasons mix and make it with balsamic vinegar)

First, you must cook the pasta. For 2 people, a 1 lb box is sufficient if you want leftovers for a day or so. While it's boiling, chop up the veggies. I usually end up using about 1/2 an onion or 2-3 shallots, 2 tomatoes, 2 avocados, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2-1 bell pepper and 10 or so baby carrots.

When the pasta's done, rinse it with cold water, and put it in a bowl in the fridge. While that's chilling, make the dressing (if required). I usually put some parmesean in the dressing and then add it (parmesean) to the salad afterward as well. Stir the pasta a few times so all the noodles can cool down, and then add the veggies & the dressing. If you can stand it, put the bowl back in the fridge for another 35 minutes or so until the whole salad is nice and chilled. However, I always end up dishing some up immediately; it's just that delicious!


Tom said...

That amount should be sufficient for a couple of days. We, however, like it too much, and so gorge ourselves.

susan said...

It's true. Gluttonous indeed are we!

Momentary Academic said...

Who needs a cookbook when I have you?

susan said...

Well, I suppose a cookbook would still be handy if you wanted to make more than one meal per week. Or wanted to eat meaty things ever. ;) But thanks. :)

RitMeyer said...

That sounds freakin' awesome! Damn it, now I'm hungry.