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This pasta salad will wow your guests...

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Sigrid There have been 0 comments

Every Friday we do a wine tasting in our Brick & Mortar store. We vary the theme - different regions, varietal comparisons, etc. to make it fun.

An essential part of the wine tasting is the food I prepare to go with it! And, one of the winners has always been this Italian Pasta Salad, which I would like to share with you (wine recommendation at the bottom):

Ingredients (for 8 portions) :

1 pound Farfalle pasta

1 pound Mozzarella cheese

300 g sundried tomatoes

300 g Arugula salad

300 g Prosciutto di Parma (sundried Italian Ham)

100 g Pine nuts

for the dressing (the success of the salad is in the secret sauce...):

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil

6 tbsp Crema di Balsamico  (this is the reduction NOT the regular Aceto Balsamico!)

4 tsp Basil Pesto

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp Honey

Fresh ground Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper

Cook pasta al dente (!), strain well and let cool. Roast pine nuts without oil at medium heat in a pan until lightly brown. Wash Arugula, dry and cut into small pieces. Cut dried tomatoes and mozzarella into small cubes and the prosciutto into fine slices. Carefully mix all ingredients in a large bowl, add salt and pepper to taste.

For the dressing whisk olive oil, vinegar, garlic (pressed), pesto, mustard and honey. Put the dressing on the salad right before serving. Whisk again and add some freshly ground parmesan cheese on top.

Serve with a nice Italian wine such as:

RED: Ruffino Il Ducale IGT -  a smooth, easy drinking Tuscan Sangiovese Blend

WHITE: Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio - the most renowned Pinot Grigio in the U.S. (on killer deal, by the way...)

Enjoy!

Sigrid Pieper

Owner & "Food and Wine Addict"


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