Parmesan Pasta Salad
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: Serves 8
Angel hair pasta, ham, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, cucumbers with olive oil, parmesan and black pepper dressing.
  • 1 lb. angel hair pasta
  • 1 red pepper roasted or 2 oz. jarred
  • 1 cucumber - seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 bunch parsley - chopped
  • 6 oz. sliced ham - julienned
  • 3 - 4 garlic cloves - chopped
  • 1 - 2 tomatoes - skinned and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt - divided use
  • cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a pan of water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt to the water. Add angel hair pasta and cook until ala dente. Drain in a colander. Run cold water over the pasta to rinse.
  2. Bring a pan of water to a boil deep enough for the tomatoes to be submerged. When water is boiling add tomatoes. Leave in the boiling water 1 minute. Rinse under cold water. Peel the tomatoes. Cut in half and squeeze out the seeds. Chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Roast a red pepper or use jarred pimentos. To roast a pepper place it on a hot grill. Blacken it on all sides the best you can. Remove from heat and put in paper bag for 20 minutes. Remove skin from pepper and clean out the inside. Cut into bite size pieces.
  4. Chop the garlic fairly fine or crush it in a garlic press.
  5. Chop the parsley. Put parsley on a triple layer of paper towel and wrap up the parsley. Run under cold water. Squeeze and repeat until the water is not green. Open up and let set until needed.
  6. Peel the cucumber. Cut in half. Scoop out the seeds. Cut each half into 4 pieces lengthwise. Chop into bite size pieces.
  7. Put the pasta in a bowl. Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, parsley, garlic and salt to the pasta. Mix together the best you can.
  8. Add some cracked black pepper and the olive oil. Mix together. If the pasta feels to dry add a little more olive oil. Add the parmesan cheese. Taste to adjust seasonings.
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