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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 380.5
  • Total Fat: 25.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.0 mg
  • Sodium: 214.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 25.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 14.5 g

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Spring Pasta Salad

Submitted by: SHANNIDEE


Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    * 1 1/2 pounds asparagus stems, peeled if tough and ends trimmed
    * Salt
    * Freshly ground black pepper
    * 1 pound penne pasta
    * 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
    * 1 large bunch scallions, about a dozen, sliced into thin rounds
    * 2 dozen ripe cherry tomatoes, cut in half and drained for 20 minutes in a colander to remove excess liquid
    * 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    * Zest and juice from 1 lemon
    * 1/2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
    * Large handful fresh basil leaves, lightly chopped

Directions

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Tomato and Mozzarella

Serving a refreshing pasta salad is a great way to welcome spring. If you like, use tiny balls of fresh mozzarella, which are known as bocconcini.

Credit: Pasta Improvvisata by Erica De Mane

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

* 1 1/2 pounds asparagus stems, peeled if tough and ends trimmed
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1 pound penne pasta
* 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
* 1 large bunch scallions, about a dozen, sliced into thin rounds
* 2 dozen ripe cherry tomatoes, cut in half and drained for 20 minutes in a colander to remove excess liquid
* 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
* Zest and juice from 1 lemon
* 1/2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
* Large handful fresh basil leaves, lightly chopped

Directions:

Put up a large pot of salted water for cooking the pasta and bring it to a boil. Add the asparagus and blanch it until just tender, about 3 minutes. Scoop the asparagus from the water with a large strainer spoon and place in a colander. Run cold water over it to stop the cooking and to preserve the bright green color. Drain well and slice into small pieces on the diagonal, leaving the tips whole.

Bring the water back to a rapid boil and cook the penne until just al dente (tender but slightly firm to the bite). Run the pasta under cold water and drain very well.

In a large serving bowl, add the pasta, the blanched asparagus and all the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and toss well until all the pasta is well coated with dressing. Taste for seasoning. This is best served at room temperature.

Note: Another lovely addition to this pasta is about 3/4 cup freshly shelled spring peas. Blanch them for 1 minute in the boiling pasta water after you blanch the asparagus. Drain well and add them to the bowl along with the other ingredients.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SHANNIDEE.






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