If you are visiting me from one of my other websites…you may be shaking your head thinking I have lost my mind. Some days I wonder if I really am a bit insane.
I cook almost every single day. Having a husband and two growing boys means that I cook a whole lot. I figure if I have to cook, I might as well share the love. The goal of this site is to encourage you to love your kitchen – thus the name I Heart Kitchen. Well, that and it kinda works with the theme of my other three sites 😉
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite summer dishes – Tomato Basil Pasta Salad. This is a super easy pasta salad and it gets better the longer it sits in the refrigerator. I have been making this salad for almost 20 years. This is the dish that I would always bring to potlucks, baby showers and family gatherings. I think at one point it was just called “Michelle’s Pasta”.
When my husband and I were first married, I would whip this dish up and eat it for lunch over the week. My husband would never touch it. He’d look at it – ask where the meat was, snub his nose at it and then pop the lid back on. One day I guess he found himself in a situation where it was eat the pasta salad or cook something for himself. Guess what – he LOVED the pasta salad.
Every once in a while, he’ll get a little smirk on his face and ask me to whip up some of “HIS” pasta salad. What a nut…
- 12 oz bag Frozen Tortellini, prepared according to directions
- 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette
- ½ cup basil, chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Adjust seasoning as needed.
- Refrigerate before serving.
Don’t be afraid of the garlic. I know some of you are thinking – did she really just put 5 huge cloves of garlic in that dish. The garlic makes this salad fabulous. If you are afraid of the quantity of garlic you can adjust if you’d like. That’s what I love about salads, you can really modify to your preference.
Like many pasta salads, this one gets better the longer you let it sit in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Michelle, you are crazy! Can’t believe you have another website – better get it in the favorites bookmark :). Thanks for this! You have encouraged me that one day I might like cooking. My 3 1/2 year old and my 13 month old twin boys don’t allow me a lot of extra time these days, but I love that this is a make ahead. Some pasta’s actually can’t sit that long so thanks for this!! You are amazing!! Hope you guys have a great beach vacation!!
Wow! Michelle, you are amazing! No idea how you do it…..but, Thank you! Bookmarked & can’t wait to try it. I’ll probably add some greek olives, mushrooms, maybe green onions, LOVE garlic & Feta. Rarely cook these days because of my health, but will definately try since it will last for days AND of course I keep buying up all the Buitoni deals!
Opps! I wasn’t done: I live in Panama City Beach FL, and sadly go to the beach less than once a year, So make sure you enjoy it for me! Happy Vacation!
what are your other sites besides http://www.iheartpublix.com and http://www.iheartkitchen.com?
Here are my 4 sites:
Never a dull moment 🙂
Another great site..thank michelle!
About how many tomatoes do you use. My kitchen scale bit the dust and I’m not good at estimating
I would estimate about 4 large tomatoes or 8 – 10 plum tomatoes.
I just made this and WOW, amazing! Love it!