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Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Creamy Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad with Penne Pasta, baby spinach, roasted red bell pepper and an outstanding Parmesan cream sauce. This unique and hearty pasta salad recipe, that can be made in advance, will wow guests at your next pot luck. A Whole Foods Recipe.
Course Pasta Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 304kcal

Ingredients

  • THE PARMESAN DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 Pinch New Mexico Red Chile Powder or cayenne
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • THE SALAD:
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 2 cups baby spinach packed, washed and stemmed
  • 2 small roasted red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 pound smoked mozzarella cheese diced

Instructions

  • Prepare cheese and vegetables and set aside.
  • TO PREPARE THE PARMESAN DRESSING
  • Combine the Parmesan cheese, parsley, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper with a hand mixer or in the bowl of food processor or in a blender until the dressing is smooth.
  • TO PREPARE THE SALAD
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain the pasta into a colander, run cold water over it until pasta comes to room temperature, and drain well. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, spinach, roasted red peppers, and smoked mozzarella. Add sauce and stir well.

Notes

Can be made in advance.

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1290IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 1.1mg