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H-O-T spells yummy summer food! July 9, 2010

Filed under: Recipe — Desiree @ 9:17 am
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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 ūüėČ

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

Ingredients:

  • 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….Pesto Pasta Salad