Zesty Pasta Salad

No mayo for this salad

No mayo for this salad

This is a simple recipe that is perfect as a side or light lunch. Canned tomatoes can be used if fresh are not available.

Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb bow ties or other small shaped pasta
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced fine
  • 3 slices bacon diced into small bits
  • 3 anchovies
  • 1 tbsp salted capers
  • 4 diced Roma tomatoes (or drained 15 ounce can)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Fry bacon until fat is rendered. Add onion to pan and saute over medium heat until it begins to brown. Add anchovies and cook until dissolved. Add capers and tomatoes and cook until thick. Cook pasta to al dente in boiling salted water. Drain and toss with mixture in frying pan. Season with salt, pepper and parsley and drizzle with olive oil. Let salad chill for 1 hour in refrigerator before serving.



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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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6 Responses to Zesty Pasta Salad

  1. Karen says:

    Yum, this reminds me of puttanesca.

    • Cecile says:

      I enjoyed Puttanesca recently while in Havre de Grace. I had never eaten it before and I loved it! Wasn’t it you – Karen – who hoped to visit there soon? I highly recommend ‘Cucina’ restaurant.

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    I don’t care for cold pasta salads generally but a hot version of this would be delicious.

  3. Cecile says:

    Isn’t the word ‘zesty’ a fun word!! What a great idea for a delicious lunch during the Dog Days of Summer. Pinning it immediately under ‘salads’ !!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I was “in” when I saw the capers and read there were anchovies in the ingredient list. Perfect!

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