My signature pasta salad!
Whenever my friend Amanda invites me over to one of her soirees, I always make this pasta salad to bring along. It’s always a hit! And today when I was at my hairdressers, I shared this with Stacey, as she has a BBQ on tonight. Now, let me share it also with you all!
It’s divine when it’s warm and just been put together. It also tastes amazing the next day after having been in the fridge, when all the flavours have had time to blend together and sink into the pasta.
It’s a great dish to make as a busy mum because it makes quite a lot, so there should be plenty of leftovers for the next day. The colours are really pretty and appealing, so the kids love it too. Don’t mention the anchovies in it and they probably won’t even know about them!
Without further ado, here’s how to make it.
- A Spanish onion (the purple ones)
- Spring onions (I have a feeling these have a different name in the US too?) – about 6 or one bunch
- A can/jar of anchovies in olive oil
- A jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
- 2 Red capsicum (I think you call them peppers in America, but I might be wrong)
- 2 Carrots
- Tri-coloured pasta – as in my photo
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Now, I use Fettuccine, but you can also use Linguine – see here:
Antico Pastificio Toscano MORELLI – Italian linguine (250 gr)
The Magic Method
First of all, cook the pasta, so that it is soft but still a bit firm – hope this makes sense! You don’t want it to be too cooked and gushy. Drain and set aside.
Put the chopped up Spanish onion, 3 chopped spring onions, half the jar of sun-dried tomatoes and all the oil from the jar, all the anchovies and oil, the 1/4 olive oil, and vinegar in a blender and … yep, what it’s for… blend it!
Toss this yummy sauce through the warm pasta, along with the half remaining jar of sun-dried tomatoes.
Next, cut up your carrots and red capsicums, along with the remaining 3 spring onions and toss into salad. You could add salt and pepper if you like, but I don’t do this. Pasta salad! There you have it. The best pasta salad you’ve ever eaten! Add it to your family favourites!
Note: pasta salad tastes amazing in bread rolls with butter!