ROASTED VEGETABLE TRICOLORE PASTA SALAD

Continuing my week of yummy summer recipes, today I bring you my recipe for Roasted Vegetable Tricolore Pasta Salad. I serve this as a main dish over a bed of salad greens that have been tossed in a light vinaigrette dressing. It makes for a cool, delicious & nutritious meal, perfect for a summer picnic or light dinner. I serve it with garlic bread and a glass of white wine, and voila, I’ve got a quick and easy complete meal that everyone enjoys when trying to beat the summer heat.

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So, let me show you how to make it…

What You’ll Need

  • 6 Asparagus, tough ends removed, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 Carrots, cut on the diagonal into 1″ pieces
  • 1 Bell Pepper, cut into 1″ wedges
  • 1 Small Head of Broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 Small Eggplant, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 Cup Cauliflower Florets
  • 1 Zucchini, cut into 1/3″ slices
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Minced Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Sage
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil + 1 Tablespoon
  • Generous Sprinkle of Coarsely Ground Black Pepper & Kosher Salt to Taste
  • 1-12 oz. Box Tricolore Penne Pasta (I like the Barilla brand)
  • 1-16 oz Package Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
  • 1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish

For The Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 5 Ounces Baby Spring Mix Salad Greens

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a 13″ x 18″ baking sheet with parchment paper. I use the large, Kirkland brand parchment paper for all my baking needs. It helps so much to avoid difficult cleanup jobs.

Place all of the vegetables, garlic, sage, 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a generous sprinkle of fresh, coarsely ground pepper & Kosher salt in a large mixing bowl. Gently toss until all of the vegetables are well coated in oil. Then transfer the mixture to your lined baking sheet.

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Spread the vegetables evenly over the bottom of the pan so they will cook evenly and begin to brown and caramelize.

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Place in your oven which has been preheated to 400 degrees F and roast for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes toss and turn the vegetables. I like to do this using my fish spatula, a kitchen tool I can’t live without. Honestly, my fish spatula is probably the most used tool in my kitchen. Because of its long length and flexible design, it makes flipping all kinds of things so much easier. If you don’t own one of these you really need to get one here. You’ll be very glad you did.

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After flipping the veggies, continue roasting them for another 15 minutes or so until they are al dente tender and beginning to brown.

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In the meantime cook your box of Tricolore Penne Pasta according to package directions until they are al dente. Drain the pasta and place it in the large bowl in which you previously had the raw veggies. Toss the pasta with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

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Allow the roasted veggies to cool off, then add them to the bowl of pasta.

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Add the mozzarella pearls to the bowl.

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Using a microplane, finely grate 1 cup of fresh Parmigiano Reggiano…

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and add it to the bowl.

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Make The Vinaigrette

Into a small jar with a tight fitting lid add 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar, 1/4 Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper and 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt. Cover the container and vigorously shake to combine. Pour 1/2 of the Vinaigrette over the vegetables & pasta and gently toss to coat. Reserve the remaining 1/2 of the vinaigrette to use on the salad green just before serving.

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Finally, place the Roasted Vegetable Tricolore Pasta Salad in an airtight container, garnish with fresh basil and chill, covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Before serving toss the remaining vinaigrette over 5 ounces of Baby Spring Mix Salad Greens. Divide the dressed salad greens between 5 large plates. Top with a generous serving of Roasted Vegetable Tricolore Pasta Salad, garnish with fresh basil and serve.

Enjoy!

Here’s the handy printable recipe…

 

ROASTED VEGETABLE TRICOLORE PASTA SALAD
 
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This salad makes for a cool, delicious & nutritious meal, perfect for a summer picnic or light dinner. Serve it with garlic bread and a glass of white wine, and voila, you've got a quick and easy complete meal that everyone enjoys when trying to beat the summer heat.
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Recipe type: Main Course Salad
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 6 Asparagus, tough ends removed, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 Carrots, cut on the diagonal into 1" pieces
  • 1 Bell Pepper, cut into 1" wedges
  • 1 Small Head of Broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 Small Eggplant, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 Cup Cauliflower Florets
  • 1 Zucchini, cut into ⅓" slices
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • ¼ Cup Minced Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Sage
  • ⅓ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil + 1 Tablespoon
  • Generous Sprinkle of Coarsely Ground Black Pepper & Kosher Salt to Taste
  • 1-12 oz. Box Tricolore Penne Pasta (I like the Barilla brand)
  • 1-16 oz Package Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
  • 1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish
  • For The Vinaigrette
  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 5 Ounces Baby Spring Mix Salad Greens
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a 13" x 18" baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place all of the vegetables, garlic, sage, ⅓ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a generous sprinkle of fresh, coarsely ground pepper & Kosher salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Gently toss until all of the vegetables are well coated in oil.
  5. Transfer to the lined baking sheet.
  6. Spread the vegetables evenly over the bottom of the pan so they cook evenly and begin to caramelize.
  7. Place in oven which has been preheated to 400 degrees F and roast for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes toss and turn the vegetables.
  9. Continue roasting vegetables for another 15 minutes or so until they are al dente tender and beginning to brown.
  10. In the meantime cook the Tricolore Penne Pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta and place it in the large bowl in which you had the raw veggies.
  11. Toss pasta with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  12. Add cooled roasted vegetables, mozzarella pearls and Parmigiano Reggiano to the bowl of pasta.
  13. Make The Vinaigrette
  14. Into a small jar with a tight fitting lid add ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar, ¼ Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper and ¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt.
  15. Cover container and vigorously shake to combine.
  16. Pour ½ of the Vinaigrette over the vegetables & pasta and gently toss to coat.
  17. Reserve the remaining ½ of the vinaigrette to use on the salad green just before serving.
  18. Place the Roasted Vegetable Tricolore Pasta Salad in an airtight container and chill, covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  19. Before serving toss the remaining vinaigrette over 5 ounces of Baby Spring Mix Salad Greens. Divide the dressed greens between between 5 large plates.
  20. Top with a generous serving of Roasted Vegetable Tricolore Pasta Salad, garnish with fresh basil and serve.
  21. Enjoy!

So there you have it: ROASTED VEGETABLE TRICOLORE PASTA SALAD

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Comments

  • You are correct, the slicing & dicing takes some time but it’s uncomplicated to make. And yes, it really is good and good for you! Happy 4th of July!

  • Dana McKee

    This is just beautiful! I appreciate the effort you put into your blog posts with links on where to buy items and now the printable recipe at the end. Your attention to detail and good taste is what keeps me coming back. Someone better discover you and give you a show!

  • Wow Dana, that is one of the best compliments I could receive. I do work very hard at this blog and it means the world to me to learn that there are people out there who appreciate the effort. A million thanks, truly. Have a lovely holiday weekend.

  • Dana McKee

    Same to you, Celia!