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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Springtime Pasta Salad

I found this veggie filled pasta from a cooking site which I think was called, "I love Pasta" it is good. It serves 6. I used gluten free Fettucini Brown Rice pasta by Tinkyada (the only gluten free brand that I have found to be any good)

12 oz. Spaghetti, Linguine or Thin Spaghetti, uncooked
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
8 oz. broccoli florets
8 oz. asparagus, cut in 1-inch pieces
4 scallions or spring onions, cut in 1-inch slices
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 10-oz. package frozen peas, thawed and drained
1 green or red bell pepper, coarsly chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. (rinse well in cold water)
In a large pot, cook broccoli and asparagus in boiling water until crisp yet tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and add to pasta. Add scallions, garlic, peas, bell pepper, mushrooms and parsley to pasta.

In a small bowl, whisk together first seven dressing ingredients. Slowly whisk in the oil until dressing is well blended.
Pour dressing over pasta mixture and toss gently until well mixed. If you toss it early you may need some extra dressing when serving it (Italian dressing is good too)

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