Incredible Pasta Salad

Incredible Pasta Salad

Incredible Pasta Salad

Incredible Pasta Salad 

 This pasta salad just can’t be beat!  Years ago, we had a little yogurt shop in town that also sold some lunch items.  They had the best pasta salad in the world!  At the time…I must not have known enough about cooking to try and create it at home.  I searched cook book after cook book trying to come up with something similar with no luck.  The little shop ended up changing owners and eventually closed.  That was over 20 years ago.  That pasta salad was so tasty that it’s goodness remained in the back of my mind after all of those years.  As I started to enjoy cooking and creating recipes I decided to take the memory of that salad and create my own kitchen.  Their salad did not have shrimp in it and that is completely optional.  I make this a lot on Fridays during Lent.

 Ingredients list:

1 –  13.25 box of rotini pasta cooked according to package directions

1 – 32 oz. jar of Boscoli olive salad, drained

1 – 14 oz. jar large artichoke hearts, quartered (NOT marinated)

1 – 15 ounce can of pitted black olives, chopped

1 – 10 ounce box of cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered

1 – bunch of green onions, chopped

1/4 cup – fresh basil, chopped

1/4 cup –  fresh parsley, chopped

1 TBS minced garlic

1 –  cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Kosher salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Optional:  2 lbs cooked medium shrimp (recipe below)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Set the pasta aside and allow to cool so that it doesn’t melt your Parmesan cheese.   Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Recipe for the shrimp:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Evenly spread the shrimp on the baking sheet.  Spray the shrimp with olive oil no stick.  Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and a slight sprinkle of red pepper flakes.  When the oven is ready, cook the shrimp for exactly 10 minutes.  Let them cool and add them to the pasta salad.

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