Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mom's Pasta Salad

Almost every party my mom throws, she serves up this simple pasta salad and it is always a hit! In honor of my Italian mamma, I thought I'd share it with the rest of the world! Thanks, Mom!

Kosher salt
6 sundried tomatoes diced
16 asparagus spears
1 lb. pasta (your choice)
2 tbsp. butter
2 minced garlic cloves
zest of one lemon
black pepper
l tbsp. lemon juice freshly squeezed
1/4 cup toasted pignoli nuts
freshly grated cheese (I used ricotta salada)

Saute the julienned asparagus in a frying pan with a little olive oil, kosher salt and pepper
Set this aside.
In a small saute pan heat butter and garlic and lemon zest over low heat for one minute
Boil pasta, drain and put in a large pasta bowl.
Add asparagus mixture to pasta.
Add butter, garlic, lemon zest mixture to pasta
Add diced sundried tomato to pasta
Sprinkle with grated ricotta salada
Add pignoli nuts
Toss all together
Taste and make sure you don't need to add more salt, pepper, etc.
Serve room temperature.
Eat and Enjoy (and maybe put on a few pounds).

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