Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Pasta Salad

Since I planted what has turned out to be a ton of fresh herbs on my deck, I have been on the hunt for recipes in which to use them!  Fresh thyme is a great addition to a basic lemon vinaigrette in this dish.   

We ate this warm as a side dish with grilled steaks last weekend.  The flavors are bold, so I wasn't sure if my girls would eat it, but they gobbled it up!  There were a few leftovers and I ate it for lunch the next day (cold).  I think it would make a great dish to take to a picnic!

Pasta Salad with Green Beans
(adapted from Cooking Light)

1 lb cooked pasta, such as Fuscilli or Gemelli
2 cups fresh green beans, ends snapped and cut in half
4 Tablespoons fresh Thyme
3 Tablespoons Grated Lemon Rind
2 Tablespoons  Minced Shallots
4 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Parmesan Cheese for garnish

In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to directions.  During last 3 minutes of cooking, add green beans.  Drain pasta and green beans. 

To make the dressing combine Thyme, Lemon Rind, Shallots, Vinegar, Salt, Pepper and Garlic in a bowl.  Slowly whisk in the Olive Oil.

Drizzle the dressing over the pasta and green beans.  Stir to combine.  Garnish with fresh parmesan cheese.



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