Sunday, 27 April 2014

Warm Pasta Salad



There are sometimes those lazy rainy days when you don't feel like cooking anything but you and your family are super hungry. That's what happened to me yesterday :( I and we all were hungry. I finally got up and was hunting the fridge, I wanted to cook something delicious, easy and super simple. I found a tub of small cherry tomatoes, a Zucchini, some fresh baby spinach and of course, M`s idea was to incorporate some feta cheese too. So we topped it with crumbled feta and chili oil, it turned to be quite a treat for us and we enjoyed it watching IPL.


Here is what yo will need:

Ingredients:

- Pasta of your choice for 4 people(I took half Füssli and half Ditalli)
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes, quartered or 4 normal tomatoes chopped
- half red capsicum, chopped into small cubes
- 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
- salt to taste
- few shakes of black pepper
- 1/2 tsp of dried oregano
- hand full of fresh Basil leaves, chopped
- a big pinch of red chili flakes
- big hand full of fresh baby spinach, roughly teared
- a good glog of extra virgin olive oil
- a small block of feta cheese, crumbled or to taste

Method:

1. Boil the pasta according to the instructions. I took two different kinds of pasta here and the cooking time was a bit different so make sure to put the one before which needs more time, its quite logical but also very important.
2. While the pasta is boiling prepare all the veggies and take them in a salad bowl, add the olive oil and all the spices and mix it all well, let it sit for the flavours to work.
3. When the pasta is cooked, drain it, add another glog of olive oil to the pasta and toss it well.
4. Now add all the prepared veggies to the pasta pan, toss it all well, taste to see if it needs something else like salt, fix it.
5. Serve it in a bowl, drizzle some chili olive oil if you have and top it with crumbled feta.
6. Enjoy.

PS: This pasta dish can be served immediately after preparing it, then it will be a bit warm and comforting but it can very well be served cold or chilled as a pasta salad. This also makes a great dish for summer parties and a good lunch box meal for kids. 
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