Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Artichoke & Asparagus Pasta Salad

True confession: I hate cooking. 

I'm bad at it, it takes up a lot of time, and sometimes it winds up being more expensive to buy all of the ingredients I need for a recipe than just ordering some take-out. On the rare occasions that I attempt to do battle with my testy oven, I try to make something that will stay fresh and appeal to me throughout the week (I live alone, so there are frequently leftovers). 

That's why I adore whipping up a big batch of this artichoke and asparagus pasta salad - it's a fantastic side dish at dinner, a great group item at a picnic or potluck barbecue, and it can easily be taken to the office for lunch the next day. Best of all, it's as simple as boiling water and doing some minimal veggie chopping (really!), so if I can execute it, there is no way that you'll mess it up. 

Let's get started.

You will need:

* 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pasta of your choice (I used rotini)
* 1 can of artichoke hearts (chopped)
* 1/2 lb. asparagus spears (cut into 1-inch pieces)
* 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (chopped)
* 1/4 cup black olives (sliced)
* 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
* 1 garlic clove (minced)
* 2 oz. prosciutto (chopped)
* 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
* 2 tablespoons canola oil
* 2 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper

1) Cook the pasta according to the package directions, and add the asparagus two minutes before it is completed. Immediately drain and run under cold water until cool.

2) Combine artichokes, red peppers, olives, red onion, and prosciutto in a large serving bowl. 

3) Add the pasta/asparagus mixture to the bowl.

4) In a separate, smaller bowl, mix the balsamic vinegar, canola oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil.

5) Pour the dressing over the pasta and toss gently to coat it.

6) Serve the pasta immediately, or cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 8 hours (I try to refrigerate it for at least a few hours to let the flavors blend together).

Now that I just started my new job, it's been a lifesaver to have a big batch of this pasta salad ready in the fridge for easy on-the-go lunches. What's your go-to simple dish?



  1. That looks delicious! Much better than my simple go-to of leftover pizza, haha!

    1. Nothing wrong with some leftover pizza - I'm certainly famous for grabbing a slice or two!

  2. Oh my goodness, this looks so good! I adore pasta salad!

  3. Mmmm! This sounds TASTY! I love pasta salads!


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