Recipe by MOTTSBELA
"Jim turned 40. Barb threw a party. I brought this pasta salad."
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1 (16 ounce) package
dry penne pasta
1 (15 ounce) can
garbanzo beans, drained
1 (14 ounce) can
artichoke hearts, drained
chopped fresh basil leaves
Italian salad dressing, or as needed
salt and pepper to taste
Quick, easy, and tasty. I needed a last minute pot luck dish, and these are items we all usually have on hand. The only thing I added was some sliced olives.
It was okay, but missing something. I added sliced black olives and some red wine vinegar to the dressing. Was better the 2nd day.
Suggestion: Needs a little color, so add red/green/yellow peppers OR broccoli florets OR peas. I doubled the dressing. I'm keeping this recipe around because it looks like a more sophisticated salad (because of the artichoke hearts and chick peas), but it's actually quick-from-the-pantry and easy as can be!
Excellent! It's really beyond me why this recipe has only 3.5 stars because it is really wonderful. The lemon zest and basil give it a wonderful fresh, vibrant flavor and I don't recommend omitting either one. I used farfalle instead of penne and added black olives. I'll definitely make this again; my husband and I really enjoyed it. Give it a try! Thanks :)
If you buy marinated artichoke hearts you dont need to worry about the lemon zest or basil. I used cherry tomatoes cut in half. I love chick peas so I was excited to try this pasta. I thought it was very good.
This is one good pasta salad. I added some sliced black olives, cubed pepperoni and a few other vegs and it made it a colorful mixture. I als used kens italian dresssing. very good
This was a really good way to get my family to eat something vegetarian and a bit healthier. We used garden pasta and added more veggies (roasted red peppers, steamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms). We also used a tuscan season blend with olive oil in place of the dressing. We added some feta the second day, which worked well too.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Jim's Birthday Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 27
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