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Mediterranean Penne Pasta Salad

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian Inspired
Keyword Italian-pasta-salad, mediterranean-penne-pasta-salad, pasta-salad-recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • ½ lb penne pasta
  • ½ lb steamed asparagus
  • 1 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cubed smoked ham
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • cup purple onion thinly sliced
  • cup whole Kalamata Olives
  • 1 ½ cup prepared Italian salad dressing i.e. Marzetti's Plus additional as needed
  • 1 tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chiffonade fresh basil

Instructions

  • Cook the penne pasta in salted water per the instructions on the box, until al dente. Drain well then add to a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Remove the tough portion of the asparagus stem then steam until crisp tender. Slice into 1- inch pieces.
  • Add the sliced asparagus, mozzerella cheese, ham, cherry tomatoes, onion, olives. dressing, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes to the cooked pasta. Mix until the ingredients are well coated. Taste and add salt and black pepper to your taste. (The amount can vary depending on the dressing used)
  • Place the bowl into the refrigerator and allow to chill covered for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, stir well and adjust the amount of dressing, salt and black pepper, to your taste.
  • Pour into a serving bowl. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and basil ribbons just before serving.

Notes

Hard salami or prosciutto may be used in place of the smoked ham.