This Italian Pasta Salad is quick, simple, and delicious! It's filled with a great mix of ingredients and tossed in a healthy zesty dressing that is wonderful!
Prep Time: 20mins
Cook Time: 10mins
Total Time: 30mins
Servings: 8as a side
For the Dressing
1/2cupextra-virgin olive oil
1/4cupred wine vinegar
2tablespoonsfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2teaspoonsdried Italian seasoning
pinchof cracked red pepper flakes
For the Pasta Salad
3cupsuncooked short pasta, such as Farfalle, Rotini, Radiatore, or Chiocciole
1poundasparagus, tough ends removed, then cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2cupscherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 1/2cupssmall cubed summer sausage
1/4cuppine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
To make the dressing, put all of the ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake vigorously until well blended and emulsified. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. 3 minutes before done, add the asparagus to simmering water and continue cooking. Drain the pasta and asparagus and run under cold water.
Transfer pasta and asparagus to a large bowl. Stir in the tomatoes, summer sausage, pine nuts, scallions, and Parmesan.
Pour the dressing over the mixture and gently toss to combine and fully coat.
Enjoy right away at room temperature or refrigerate for a couple hours to meld the flavors.
Serve with extra Parmesan, if desired.
You can use a store-bought Italian dressing instead of the homemade, if you prefer.
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.