Italian Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a fast and convenient way to use fresh tomatoes. This one takes advantage of many of the season's best produce.
  • 8 oz. uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c. sliced green onions
  • 1/4 c. shredded fresh basil
  • 1/4 c. coarsely shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once cooked, rinse thoroughly with cold water and drain.

Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, vinegar and Italian seasoning in a screw-top jar. Shake well to combine; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tomato, bell pepper, green onions and basil. Toss with the dressing, cheese and desired seasonings. Serve immediately.

  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
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