Don’t you love it when you try something new and it turns out delicious? This doesn’t have to refer to food necessarily, it could really be anything 😉
Yesterday was hot. I know you know what I mean when I say hot. 100 degrees hot. And to think the high last week was mid-60’s! Crazy!
Anyway, with hot weather comes a whole new set of meals. Ones that don’t include turning on the oven, or the stove if you can help it. I’m lucky, I have a little countertop oven that I use outside which is n-i-c-e! It has been so handy to me over the last 5 years. And then there’s the grill. Oh, you gotta love the grill any time of the year, but it’s a potential lifesaver during the summer. When else can you jump in the pool in between flipping burgers?
Anyway, last night was a hot one and even with air conditioning I didn’t want to turn on the stove so we boiled a pot of noodles outside on the grill burner (Best invention ever!) and came inside where it was cool to cut up some pasta innards. But what to use? What to use? The original menu plan called for burgers, but we had eaten that the day before because it was too warm to cook in the house. So I decided to call upon my kitchen staples.
Earlier this week I had made Spanakopita and it was lovely! Of course that recipe calls for homemade pesto sauce and the recipe yields enough for at least 3 large meals, so I froze some extra and put it to use yesterday! Here’s the surprising meal that was oh-so-good!
Pesto Pasta Salad
- Smart Taste Pasta, rotini style, 2 boxes
- 1 package of turkey pepperoni
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup prepared pesto sauce
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
- 1/3 cup red onion, diced
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Whatever else you want to add! This would be lovely with sun dried tomatoes, or roasted garlic, maybe some bell pepper. I just used what I had around the house.
While the pasta is cooking, cut up pepperoni into halves, cheese and onion and set aside. when pasta is done rinse in cold water, maybe adding some ice cubes to bring it down to cool temperature. Place in big bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, tossing to coat pasta with pesto sauce well. This could totally be made earlier in the day and refrigerate until serving time. Serve with salad and say Yummmmmmm….