Caprese Pasta Salad

When it comes to the summer – BBQ’s are the best ways to together with friends. I love being able to just sit around and share in some laughs as we eat good food and enjoy the sun! This past weekend I attended a friends BBQ and I brought this dish as it is my GO TO BBQ dish!

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Pasta Salad is one of those staple dishes that everyone has a recipe for. This is my twist on a Pinterest find I have been making for a few years now!  The original recipe called for penne noodles but I thought why not try Tortellini and add Parmesan!

Here is what you need:

  • 2 Packages Fresh Tortellini – I bough 3 cheese
  • 2 containers mini bocconcini
  • Fresh basil – cut into strips  as much or as little as you like
  • 2 cups halved Cherry Tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 fat garlic cloves minced or grated
  • Fresh Parmesan

Heres what you do:

  • Cut up your Tomatoes and basil and  drain your bocconcini and add to a large bowl
  • In a pan on medium high heat – add your oil and garlic – let simmer for about 1 minute and remove from heat (you don’t want to burn the garlic just release its fragrance)
  • While the oil is off heat stir in your red wine vinegar right to the oil and garlic – let sit and cool
  • Bring a well salted pot of water to Boil and drop in your tortellini (Tortellini should only take a few minutes to cook – read the package for instructions – but 3-4 minutes should be enough) TIP: Tortellini will float when its cooked
  • Drain your Tortellini and run it under cold water so you stop the cooking process and to make sure it doesn’t stick together. This will also give you a more sharp bite!
  • Add your cold Tortellini to your Large bowl with the Tomatoes, Basil and Bocconcini
  • Add Pepper and Salt (more pepper then salt – or no extra salt at all… your salted your pasta water so you will be okay for salt)
  • Drizzle in your garlic oil mixture that should be now cooled – lightly toss together
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top as a finishing touch

TIPS: 

  • Swap out the pasta for penne or fusilli or whatever you want.
  • Flavoured oils would be a nice addition to this dish. Black Truffle Oil would provide a very rich decadent flavour. But only use a tbsp of the flavoured stuff and still use the EVOO, you don;t want to over do it! a small amount goes a long way!
  • I saw Prosciutto stuffed Tortellini (Presidents choice brand @ Superstore) that would be awesome in this dish as well!

serves 8-10 people but makes excellent left over lunch the next day!!!

Enjoy!

Brittany

 

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