Pasta Salad with Feta and Red Pepper

Olives are good too

By Katherine

When Greg cooks pasta, he has to cook the entire box or if we’re having company two boxes. That’s right we serve company boxed pasta on occasion. Greg loves making pasta from scratch if that pasta is ravioli, but more often pasta is a quick weeknight meal for us — Who has time for all that rolling and drying on a Tuesday? (Don’t answer that Chicago John.) Anyway, one box for two people equals leftovers. Lots of leftovers. Two boxes for guests who don’t eat pasta like we eat pasta, even more leftovers. Please no one leave comments trying to convince him not to cook an entire box, he won’t listen. And don’t tell me this is normal, I won’t listen. We’re both right on this.

Instead take your leftover pasta, or cook some from scratch, and make a salad that’s substantial enough for a meal. Heck maybe even eat it as a meal, fewer leftovers.

Pasta Salad

  • 4 cups cooked, shaped pasta (penne, farfalle or rigatoni)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley (set aside one teaspoon)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3-4 ounces crumbled feta
  • black pepper to taste

Put your garlic, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar oil, a teaspoon of parsley and a few cracks of black pepper in a blender. Put the lid on and puree the mix. Put your pasta in a bowl. Stir in bell pepper, feta and remaining parsley. Pour the dressing over the mix to stir. Season with additional black pepper if desired.

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48 Responses to Pasta Salad with Feta and Red Pepper

  1. Carolyn Chan says:

    I was just thinking what to have for lunch. This is perfect!

  2. nrhatch says:

    Looks yummy . . . AND maintains harmony! A win~win!

  3. onewomaninaricefield says:

    This looks yumtastic! I am definitely making this over the summer. Probably when Jake isn’t around so I don’t have to share it (who said that?! …..).

  4. I always forget about adding mustard to sauces. I bet it was awesome with the red pepper.

    P.S. I would never cook the whole box of pasta. It’s not like it goes bad… πŸ˜‰

  5. I can never measure out dry pasta correctly!! This will be a great recipe to have on hand:)

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    I bet that vinaigrette goes very well with the salty feta and sweet pepper. It sounds delicious and, by the way, I’m with Greg: cook the whole box! Leftover pasta makes a filling lunch or tasty side dish. It certainly never goes to waste around here. Waist, yes … waste, no.

  7. Purely.. Kay says:

    You won’t hear me say anything bad about leftovers.. because I actually love leftovers lol. And this pasta dish would be amazing for lunch or dinner

  8. Leftover pasta is postiviely good in my book! And in Italy ready made pasta is the norm most days, and itΒ΄s better for heavier sauces…and this one looks fabulous!

  9. Yumm!
    Hi Katherine, I don’t think we’ve met before.
    This is great idea for fresh or leftover pasta and it looks perfect for the good weather that’s on our way.
    Thanks for sharing! (and nice to meet you πŸ˜‰ )

  10. Hmm, I even have leftovers when I cook half the box! Lovely leftover idea.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  11. Tandy says:

    This is a great use of leftover pasta. I have taken to weighing ours now so that Dave does not overindulge after supper πŸ™‚

  12. Mad Dog says:

    It’s definitely making me hungry πŸ˜‰

  13. I had to laugh…when I make pasta for us – two adults, one Very Small Girl – I do 2 cups of ziti or elbows. Without fail, Hubby will say, “Is that all you’re making?”
    There’s always enough left over for lunch. Or three lunches…
    Love the vingegrette…will add this one to the Summer Rotation!

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    Keeper …. thank you!

  15. Dijon mustard and all these ingredients will make so much difference in this pasta dish. Feeling good with good health facctor.

  16. Eva Taylor says:

    If I ate pasta, I would certainly make this, the flavours sound incredible. I agree with Chgo John that the vinaigrette would go very well with the salty feta and sweet pepper. Have a great week Katherine.

  17. Kristy says:

    LOL. This reminded me of the days before the kiddos. My fall back meal was pasta and I always made slightly more than half a box for just me. If I cooked for Mike I’d still get 3/4 of the box. πŸ˜‰

  18. I think salad would taste great leftover even better as the flavors have a chance to mingle. Take care, BAM

  19. BrainRants says:

    I won’t comment to tell you what to do but I’ll volunteer to come over and take care of those leftovers.

  20. I always cook the whole box of pasta and make enough of whatever I’m using it for to have leftovers. I love the sound of this salad with the roasted peppers and feta. Sounds like a great warm weather dish!

  21. I make pasta few nights a week, it’s cheap, easy and goes well with just about everything. This looks fantastic!

  22. billpeeler says:

    I always have leftover pasta as well, so this is great to keep in mind. Looks delicious as well!

  23. I like whole wheat pasta and this is a fantastic and simple recipe. Yummy.

  24. Caroline says:

    My Chinese pasta salad I made the other week called for an entire box of pasta…and that was just for me! Needless to say, I ate that dish for lunch and dinner almost every day. I don’t think I can make/eat it again for a while. Anyways, your pasta salad sounds delicious! Love feta.

  25. I’d happily eat some of this right now. So colorful!

  26. Courtney says:

    Leftovers are never a bad thing, so he’s just getting you guys set for another meal (or three). πŸ™‚

  27. Rachel says:

    Yes, please…!! Mmmm and it looks like the Italian flag (sort of)!

  28. I always make loads of pasta too, i love leftovers, itmeans less work the next day, yay! Don’t know if there would be much of this left though, feta is addictive, hard to leave!!

  29. I love a good pasta salad! I can’t wait to make this and eat it out on the patio. πŸ™‚

  30. spree says:

    Pasta salata perfecto! Sounds delicious!

  31. egg me on says:

    What a great way to use up leftover pasta. And I’m not going to say a thing about cooking an entire box of pasta. Nope. Not one thing.

  32. This one’s a keeper! Can’t wait to try it.

  33. Definitely going to try this, but with bleu cheese crumbles.

  34. Doesn’t this look marvelous?? I love your food, Katherine!

  35. zestybeandog says:

    Snapper and pasta! My kind of dish! The more the better when it comes to making pasta!

  36. Charles says:

    Mmmmm feta πŸ˜€

    I made a pasta salad last night… was supposed to be for lunch today too and I ended up eating the whole lot… oops πŸ˜€

  37. veggie says:

    i lOve pasta salad

  38. Quick, but sure to be tasty. Sounds perfect!

  39. This sounds delicious! Love me some pasta with feta! Can’t wait to try it!

  40. I love pasta and this looks delicious! Going to make this soon.

  41. Katherine, this is a ‘must try’! Looks fabulous. : )

  42. laughed so hard when I read this…remembered you guys today when I only made 1/2 the packet of fettuccine! πŸ™‚ saved this one for when I open the penne, love me a good pasta dish πŸ™‚

  43. I like the look and sound of this. I will try it.

  44. Jessica says:

    Wow, this sure beats all the bland pasta salads out in the world. I cooked part of a package of capellini last night only to cook the other half tonight…

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