"Jim turned 40. Barb threw a party. I brought this pasta salad." — MOTTSBELA
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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.
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 :)
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!
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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