This is the best pasta salad recipe ever (according to pinterest)
Posted June 6
Pasta salad is one of those dishes that seems like simple party fare, but easily winds up becoming incredibly expensive. From prosciutto to smoked mozzarella to expensive olive oil and fresh herbs, making a pasta salad for a summer cookout can leave your bank account drier than your hair after a day in a chlorinated pool.
But here’s some good news: There is a way to make delicious, inexpensive pasta salad without skimping on summer’s fresh flavors.
The recipe comes to us from Budget Bytes, a site dedicated to creating big tastes on small budgets. Each serving of this will only cost you $1.06… which is good news, ’cause you’re probably going to want seconds.
The secret to the recipe is using roasted garlic. Garlic is an inexpensive and powerful way to pack a punch in any dish, but roasting it helps to elevate the flavor and turn this simple pasta dish into something impressive and memorable. And, no worries, you don’t have to turn on the oven on a hot day just to roast the garlic… you can use the microwave!
The other item that makes this dish a stand-out is the ricotta cheese. Most pasta salads tend to feature cubed cheeses, such as mozzarella or cheddar, but ricotta can actually be an amazing way to dress pasta salad. (Yep, you won’t be needing any Kraft Italian Dressing for this baby, or any packets of Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad.)
Instead, you take 1/2 cup of the boiling water from the pasta and you mix it with the ricotta cheese until it creates a smooth, creamy sauce. (And, of course, you mince up some of that fresh roasted garlic and toss it in with the sauce as well.)
And, the nice thing about this recipe is that you can really make it your own. You can use fresh herbs like basil or dill, or toss in artichokes, olives, or blanched broccoli. I think I would add some fresh lemon to the dressing to give it an extra-summery feel, along with some red pepper for added punch. What about you?
Get the full recipe from Budget Bytes.