Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tri-Colored Pasta Salad

12-ounce package tri-color rotini pasta, cooked and drained
2/3 cup creamy Caesar dressing
1/2 teaspoon coarse, kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 roma tomatoes, diced
1 (6-ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped
1/4 cup finely diced red onion (or green onions)
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
6-10 fresh basil leaves, cut into strips or torn into pieces
1/4 cup basil pesto
1/2 to 1 cup sunflower seeds
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water according to package directions. Drain and coat with the Caesar dressing while still warm.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the extra basil. Toss well to combine. Add additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve (4-8 hours). If the pasta salad seems dry after refrigerating, add a little more Caesar dressing and stir to combine. 

Feta Dip

olive oil
1 block (1#) of feta cheese
tomatoes (any kind)
1 bunch of green onions
1 baguette
Cavender's Greek Seasoning about 1 T (I found this at Walmart)

This is a recipe where you eye ball amounts.  Whatever looks good to you.  I used about 1 tablespoon of the greek seasoning.  This is one tomato recipe that I think actually tastes better after it's been refrigerated.

Note:  Melanie J. made this at Devon's mission dinner and I took it to Collin's.
Melanie sent me the recipe.

Pesto Cream Tortellini

Simmer 1 cup heavy cream with 1/4 cup pesto in a skillet until slightly thickened. Stir in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan. 

Toss with 12 ounces cooked tortellini and 2 cups steamed broccoli.

Note:  I used steamed zucchini as that is what I had and we all really liked it.