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The Quarantined Kitchen shares ideas and recipes from Chef Steven Bright, Hospitality Coordinator at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, to help you stay healthy by eating well during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 6, 2020: Pasta Salad
As the weather is sure to warm up – this cool pasta salad recipe is sure to please!
Tuscan Pasta Salad alla Margherita
Makes 12 portions
Boil 1# Cavatappi (or other ridged pasta) just a bit past al dente; drain-remove to large bowl; cool slightly, then add:
¾ c. Balsamic Vinegar
1 ½ T. Honey
Zest of 2 Lemons – Juice of 1 – Toss together and set aside.
For Pesto, in processor or blender add:
8 oz. Fresh Basil Leaves
½ c. Quality Parmesan Cheese
½ t. Kosher Salt
½ t. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
¼ c. Toasted Pine Nuts
1 clove Garlic
1 ½ c. EV Olive oil
6 Scallions – cleaned well/sliced longwise then crosscut thin
½ c. Red Onion – Julienne
1 ½ c. (oil-packed) Sundried Tomatoes – Julienne
2 c. Artichoke Quarters
Combine pesto with pasta mixture and vegetable mixture, then adjust with additional balsamic, honey, and parmesan to balance flavors.
Note: Prepare one day before serving for best result.
Should you have any questions, or need helpful tips, please feel free to contact Chef Steven via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be well – eat well!
Chef Steven M. Bright
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