Rainbow Fusilli Summer Pasta Salad
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta ready to be served: Buon Appetito!

Rainbow Fusilli Summer Pasta Salad ready for serving - Buon Appetito!

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  • 8.8 oz. (250 gr.) Tricolor rainbow Fusilli pasta
  • 1 pound (450 gr.) asparagus cut diagonally into 2-3 inch long segments
  • 10.5 oz. (300 gr.) green beans cut diagonally into 2-3 inch long segments
  • 1 eggplant, sliced and fried
  • 2 large tomatoes, or half a dozen cherry tomatoes and one medium tomato.
  • 2 mini sweet bell peppers, cubed. If unavailable, use ½ yellow or red bell pepper.
  • 1 Tbs. crushed dry oregano steeped in EVOO
  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint (leaves only)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Grated carrot to taste
  • Coarse sea salt (to cook asparagus, green beans, and pasta)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Boil asparagus in 4 quarts of salted water for about 3 minutes and set apart.
  2. Boil green beans in same water for about 3 minutes and set apart.
  3. Cook pasta in same water and drain al dente according to package instruction.
  4. In the meantime fry sliced eggplant.
  5. Put pasta in a large serving bowl, add all other ingredients, squeeze the juice of one lemon, toss gently to mix thoroughly.
  6. Serve warm as pasta dish, or at room temperature as pasta salad.

Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta: Raw asparagus    Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta: Boiling asparagus    Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta: Raw green beans
Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta: Cubed yellow and red bell peppers    Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta: Fried eggplant
Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta: Oregano steeped in EVOO    Cooked Fusilli pasta before seasoning    Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta with asparagus and green beans    Summer Rainbow Fusilli Pasta with all ingredients
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  • Instead of rainbow fusilli you may use your favorite dried pasta. In any case, I suggest using a multi-colored pasta, obtained by adding pureed vegetables to pasta dough, if homemade.
  • Delicious summer pasta, which takes advantage of fresh seasonal produce and herbs.
  • The oregano which I used here is actually part of the crushed oregano used to flavor EVOO for about 6 weeks. By being crushed, in this case the oregano remained steeped in EVOO at the bottom of the bottle all the time, thus making for an excellent seasoning.
  • Excellent served cold as a pasta salad.
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