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Holly’s Summertime Garden Pasta Salad

Last weekend my mom and her husband came in town for a visit.  We’re really lucky to have them live in a town close by so we get to see them every couple of months.  Grandparents are the best!   I knew we would be busy with fun things to do with them, so I wanted dinner to be easy and delicious. I’d like to be able to have that kind of meal every night, but especially when we have company.

One of my girls requested grilled pineapple and chicken kabobs, so the main dish was taken care of, but I needed something to round out the meal.  The winter in St. Louis was so mild this year that most all of my herbs managed to stay alive in the pots on my deck.  They’ve been greening up and leafing out all over the place for weeks and I have been itching to have a reason to use them.  This sweet bell pepper, lemon, herb, feta and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta salad was the perfect answer.   It’s quick, full of flavor, made good use of my fresh herbs and went perfectly with the grilled chicken we were having.  I love it when things work out this way!

First thing you need to do is boil a big pot of water and cook a couple of handfuls of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie PastaHodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta, in general, is one of my favorite pastas and it does particularly well in pasta salads.  It holds up well when it’s tossed together with other ingredients (unlike most white flour pastas that practically disintegrate), tastes great, gets some whole grains on our plates and even looks cute – my kids refer to them as butterfly noodles.   : )

You’ll need about three cups of cooked pasta in the end.  Pasta salad noodles need to be a little more al dente than called for in regular pasta dishes, so pull them off the heat and strain them about a minute or two sooner than the time on the box suggests you cook them.   If you happen to be having pasta earlier in the week or just want to get this step done ahead of time, cook some extra bow tie noodles, strain, cool and store them in a covered container to use in this pasta dish a few days later.   So easy!

Next, chop up some sweet bell peppers (I used red and orange) and a red onion.

Zest and squeeze the juice from one lemon and chop up some fresh herbs.  I used Italian parsley, lemon thyme and oregano, but this dish would work well with any number of herbs you might have on hand.

Next, sauté the peppers and onion in a large skillet with a little olive oil.  Once they are at the crisp-tender stage, add the white wine and allow the mixture to simmer until the wine has almost evaporated.

Add the spinach to the skillet and stir until it has wilted.  It will look like way too much spinach at the beginning, but just keep on stirring and it will reduce in volume and be the perfect amount.

Take the skillet off the heat and mix in the lemon juice, lemon zest, herbs, feta cheese and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta.   Gently toss everything together, season with some salt and pepper and serve.  I like this pasta salad the best when it’s warm, but room temperature or cold are just as tasty.  It also holds up really well, so you could make it in the afternoon and just let it sit at room temperature until you are ready to serve it later on that evening.

I am really happy with how this pasta salad turned out and it received great reviews from everyone at the dinner table.  If you need a quick and easy, delicious summery side dish, this garden pasta salad is the one for you.  Enjoy!

Holly’s Summertime Garden Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet bell peppers cut into large dice
  • 1 ½ cup red onion, cut into large dice
  • 5 cups or 1 small bag baby spinach leaves
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh lemon thyme or regular thyme
  • Grated zest from one small lemon
  • Juice from one small lemon
  • 1 ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions


Heat olive oil in a large skillet and sauté peppers and onion until crisp tender.  Add wine and allow the mixture to simmer until almost evaporated.  Add spinach to skillet with peppers and onion and stir until spinach is wilted.  Remove skillet from heat.  Stir in pasta, herbs, lemon juice, lemon zest and feta cheese.  Toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Avatar  [Pingback] 2 years ago

<...> you can probably tell from this post Holly’s Summertime Garden Pasta Salad and this post Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad that Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta is one of my <...>

Avatar  Jenny Baker 2 years ago

this looks like a really nice pasta salad for our australian summer thank you.

Avatar  Holly 2 years ago

I used some Sauvignon Blanc I had in the refrigerator (that's what I cook with the most) for this recipe, but a nice Chardonnay would work as well.

Avatar  hodgsonmill 2 years ago

Connie here are the stores in your area (07932)
Weis Market
140 State Rt 23
Franklin NJ 07416-2002
(973) 2094498
20.1 mi N

Weis Market
2045 State Route 57
Hackettstown NJ 07840-3533
(908) 8508800
23.6 mi W

Weis Market
121 Water St
Newton NJ 07860-1420
(973) 3831912
24.3 mi NW

Weis Market
695 N Courtland St
East Stroudsburg PA 18301-1313
(570) 4218181
43.9 mi W

Weis Market
19 Village Shopping Ctr
East Stroudsburg PA 18301
(570) 2230870
44.0 mi W

Weis Market
3825 Sullivan Trl
Easton PA 18040-7647
(610) 2526539
45.1 mi W

ShopRite
1990 W Main St
Stamford CT 06902-4563
(203) 9780464
46.2 mi E

Weis Market
3011 William Penn Hwy
Easton PA 18045-5258
(610) 9237501
46.5 mi W

Weis Market
5580 Crawford Dr
Bethlehem PA 18017-8797
(610) 6919160
53.3 mi W

Weis Market
7001 N Route 309
Coopersburg PA 18036-1120
(610) 2823039
54.6 mi W

Avatar  kathy 2 years ago

what kind of white wine would you recommend using

Avatar  Connie 2 years ago

I would like to know what stores carry you bow tie pasta in my area. I only found the one time. I live in Florham Park, NJ 07932 Thank you

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