A Warm Pasta Salad with Pan Grilled Vegetables

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Summer is the time to get the best out of the heavy duty carbs. I love pasta but have never liked it with marinara alone. Too much marinara dripping pasta is just not my kinda plate. I like my pasta al dante, tossed with different ingredients to create an interesting texture and just some of this and some of that to give it a wham of flavors.

I like tangy flavors in the summer pasta dish and for sure not alone from tomatoes but I do like to toss it with cherry tomatoes occasionally. Sunday was supposed to be a no cooking day for me since I was busy with planting and weeding in the yard. But then kids! “Mom, we want to eat pasta”. I tried my best to bribe them with Taco Bell, subway etc. but to no use. They were persistent on pasta. One wanted it in salad form and another wanted it with sauce. So this is all what went into the pan along with the pasta….a bit of marinara, a splash of mustard sauce, grilled vegetables in olive oil, lemon juice and fresh basil and oregano. All done and delicious it was. :). I did add some chili flakes in mine to spice it up!

Serves : 4

Kitchen Equipments Required : a big pan, cutting board, knife, a pot, a strainer, a spatula.

Ingredients :

Oil : 1 tbsp

Farfalle or bow tie pasta : 3 cups, boiled al dante. Save 1/2 cup of pasta water while draining the pasta.

Onion : 1/2 cup, chopped in thin slices.

Green onion : 1/4 cup, white part chopped and green part saved for topping.

Black Olives : 1/4 cup, sliced

Bell peppers : 1/2 cup, chopped. I used colorful

Green Beans : 1/3 cup, chopped fine

Garlic powder : 1/4 tsp or 1/2 tsp fresh garlic minced

Salt n black pepper to taste

Marinara sauce : 1/4 cup

Mustard sauce : 1/2 tbsp

Lemon juice : 1 tbsp

Red pepper flakes, optional

Basil : 7-8 leaves fresh or 1/2 tsp dried

Thyme : 1 small sprig or 1/4 tsp dried

Notes : you may use any vegetables which are readily available like corn, green bell peppers, zucchini, squash, carrots, broccoli etc.

Method :

  1. Heat oil in pan. Add garlic powder or fresh garlic and sauté for few seconds. Add onions and green beans. Sauté for 2-3 minutes till slightly soft and still crunchy.

  2. Now add bell peppers and white of green onions. Sauté for 2 more minutes.

  3. Add pasta sauce and mustard sauce. Toss in boiled pasta along with 1/3 cup of pasta water. Toss well.

  4. Add basil and oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 more minutes.

  5. Switch the gas off. Add lemon juice and black olives.

  6. Ready to eat :). Serve warm or at room temperature. Excellent to take along for picnics and get togethers.

Do let me know if you try it !

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  1. I LOVE that you couldn’t bribe your kids with fast food!! You have done a mighty fine job as a mother, Sonal. What a testament to your love and amazing cooking. <3

  2. I’m with you, I’m not a fan of pasta drowning in marinara. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that it was prepared that way so much, growing up in an Italian family. Love this recipe and all of the light, fresh ingredients! 🙂

  3. You kids are my kind of kids… I would choose pasta over subway anyway! 🙂 Gosh Sonal, I love the idea of a little marinara and a splash of mustard sauce. Very summery. Love your photographs!