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June 11, 2013

EASY MIXED GREEN SUMMER PASTA

Can you imagine? We kept saying, "I am SO ready for warmer weather!" Well, my darlings, Summer has definitely arrived here in Texas! Let's see, I believe we are to be in the high 90's all week! I don't know about you, but when it heats up outside, we prefer light summer dinners inside!     
 
 

This pasta salad is absolutely delicious! I was rather skeptical to try it as the ingredients sounded a little bland, but I am so glad I did not pass it up! I did alter the original recipe somewhat, but adding one-half bag of mixed greens, with one-half bag of fresh organic spinach. I probably also added an additional tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese also. I predict your family is going to ask for this often throughout the summer! Y'all enjoy!!
 
 
 

 

Orecchiette with Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese
1 cup dried orecchiette pasta
2 cups Mediterranean-style mixed salad greens
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil), chopped
1 tablespoon goat cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the water.

In medium bowl, mix the salad greens with the sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, and Parmesan. Top with warm pasta and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. Toss to combine and wilt the greens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with additional Parmesan, if desired, and serve.

1 comment:

  1. I so agree with you about light meals when the weather heats up. Gee, only in the 90s! This salad looks wonderful and has all the flavors I love together. One that will be on my list when our temperatures climb, XOXO

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