Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Spiral Pasta with Fresh Tomato Basil and Olive Sauce

Friday, June 11, 2021

Spiral Pasta with Fresh Tomato Basil and Olive Sauce

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One of my favorite dishes during summertime is a cold pasta salad. It's great for picnics in the park, as a BBQ side dish, or as a whole meal in itself. For me though, I love sitting out on my deck as the day is winding down with a bowl of pasta salad and a glass of white wine. It's my ultimate summertime comfort meal. I try not to use my stove often on hot days, so keeping an already prepared batch of it in the fridge is a must for me this time of the year. There are so many different ways you can prepare it, but one of my favorites is this Spiral Pasta with Fresh Tomato, Basil, and Olive Sauce, a recipe I found on Golden Blossom Honey. 
 
 
The secret to a good pasta salad not only lies in the dressing, but fresh ingredients are what makes the dish go from just good to fantastic. Look, I'll use dried herbs and spices here and there, and I'm also known to pop into the grocers and grab the least pathetic looking veggies when I'm in a pinch. However, I take full advantage of my summer garden, growing fresh veggies and herbs to use in dishes like this all summer long. I'm not saying store bought produce is bad in this recipe, but if you have your own garden or access to an organic farmer's market, you're going to want to use the freshest ingredients possible here. Also, I love me some cheese with my pasta, and while the grated or shredded variety is perfectly fine here, I prefer cubed mozzarella chunks in my salad, so that's the only change I make when preparing this recipe.

Ingredients

Sauce:
4 cups chopped tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup black olives, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 pound gemelli or other spiral type pasta
1/2 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
 
 

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29 comments:

  1. Yes, I think this only works with natural tomatoes not that plastic crap they give us in the supermarkets. I do miss real veggies. I bought some red scallions a few days ago as I've been eating tomato and scallion salad for breakfast whole spring now. I've put some of the scallions on my shroom pizza today as well, that will be my lunch. Yesterday I made brown bean falaffel oven baked and zucchini garlic pure as the sidedish.

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    1. I really need to try making my own falaffel. I never have! I usually go to the Indian restaurant and grab some because it's so cheap and so good. You should add in roasted garlic to your scallion and shroom pizza. I bet that would be amazing (but brush your teeth or grab a mint afterwards LOL)

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  2. It really is nice to have premade batches in the summer. The less time over the stove, the better. And this looks so good!

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  3. I’m not a huge pasta salad fan, but everyone else in my family loves it. I made a panzanella salad last night, which is my fave summer salad.

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    1. Now I'm off to find a good panzanella salad recipe. That sounds delish!

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  4. Que fotos tan bonitas.
    Estupendo platito de pasta :-))))

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  5. This pasta look very delicious. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. adoro la pasta sea como sea, gracias por esta receta

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for your lovely comment!

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  7. Bring on the summertime pastas! I love it, and this one looks like a keeper.

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  8. I bookmarked this one! We always make the same pasta salad which is basically tortellini, Italian dressing, and a bag of mixed frozen Italian veggies. We could use a change and this look delicious!

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  9. I haven't had pasta in awhile, and this looks good. I always end up making too much though.

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    1. This is great for leftovers since it's cold pasta salad. Refrigerate and have for lunch or dinner the next day too if you make too much.

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  10. Yum, I love pasta salads in the summertime!

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  11. Yeah. Having fresh or at least from farmer's market beats the store bought any day.

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    1. Absolutely! I never realized how great farm to table was until I started gardening a few years back.

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  12. That looks so good. I don't eat a lot of pasta because of my diabetes but I do on occasion.

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  13. What a fantastic combo of ingredients. I love olives in a tomato pasta sauce.

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  14. Adoro la pasta te mando un beso y gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment!

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  15. Looks great Dear friend! I am a fan of pasta salads and this recipe with rich ingredients looks delicious,

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