Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Perfect Picnic Pasta

My friend Sarah and I recently went to see 42nd Street at an outdoor theater in Northern Virginia. Wolftrap is an outdoor performing arts amphitheater with in-house (covered, fixed) and lawn (uncovered, grass) seating. If you choose to buy lawn tickets you have the luxury of bringing in your own cooler packed with goodies. I love this option! You bring a blanket, some of these, a little of this and an ice chest packed with a picnic catered to your liking. This recipe was perfect as the starch in our picnic basket and even better later as a snack during "We're in the Money".

Prosciutto and Olive Pasta Salad

Adapted from Cooking Light August 2004


2 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups uncooked bowtie
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped prosciutto (about 1 ounce)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pitted black olives

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl,

stirring well with a whisk; set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain. Add pasta, parsley, and remaining ingredients to vinegar mixture; toss well to coat. Cover and chill.


Melissa said...

Looks great! I could go for a big bowl of that right now.

Anonymous said...

That looks really good!!

Gabriela (Gabi With An Eye) said...

Tantalizing! and how'd you know that Veuve Cliquot is my all time favorite?

Elizabeth said...

I didn't know Gabriela, but it got the recognition because it is my all time favorite!

Jessica - The Novice Chef said...

MMM! I can not wait to try it!

Krista said...

This is perfect! I'm going to have to add it to my pasta salad repertoire! Thanks!

teresa said...

This is perfect! I love the proscuitto!