07 February 2013

FOODIE WEEKEND - 'Anything Goes' Pasta Salad

Hello, everyone!  Welcome to my Foodie Weekend where I share with you my barely there talent in preparing some great easy recipes that even I can handle! How good is that, heh? ;D  This week, we have Foodie Weekend earlier as I would be on my way to the Seychelles for a short vacation tomorrow (Friday) and would only be back on Tuesday.  

It has been almost a week that I am down with flu.  This is due to last weekend when the whole family were involved in a yard sale at the park and out of all the days in the year, Dubai was blessed by the very rare rain on that day!  Yes, it was raining and we were having a blast in the rain; selling, buying, laughing, getting wet!  And as a result, I ended up with a flu while others escaped.  


Time like this there's nothing more comforting than some nice dish of pasta that is so comforting and this one here is my favorite! It has roasted capsicum, olives, cherry and sun-dried tomatoes and the best part is, you can have it with other endless combination, you decide! Other favorite combinations of my house-hold are sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, tuna and capers, chicken with roasted walnuts and basil and of course the classic tomatoes, olives and parsley. So be creative and this weekend create your own pasta salad or you can try my recipe here :)




'Anything Goes' Pasta Salad
(Tuna, Olives and Roasted Capsicum)

Ingredients (serves 4)
500 gm of pasta (I used penne)
1 large can of tuna in water or olive oil
1 medium red onion diced
3 large capsicum of your choice
1/2 cup of chopped parsley
8 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes quarters
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halves
1/2 to 1 cup of green olives (up to you)
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil and a little more for dribbling
1/4 -1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste (up to your taste)
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper 


Method
How to roast the capsicum
In a 180 degrees C pre-heated oven, roast the capsicum for about 15 minutes or 
until the skin becomes wrinkly. 
Remove from oven and put them in a paper bag and seal.  Leave them in the bag for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove from bag and peel the skin by separating it 
from the flesh with your fingers. 
Cut the capsicum open, seeded and slice them into long thin slices.
Other preparation  
Cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water until al-dente (check the cooking 
time on the packaging)
Once cooked, rinsed quickly under running tap water to stop the cooking process.
Dribble some extra virgin olive oil and a bit of salt and mix well making sure 
that it is evenly mixed.  Set aside.
Drain the tuna and break it into small pieces and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic paste and balsamic vinegar together, set aside.
The final mix
Now, in a big bowl, mixed the pasta with the capsicum, tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, 
cherry tomatoes, onion, olives together with the olive oil and balsamic dressing.
Add salt, pepper to taste and finally throw in the chopped parsley. 

Ok, most of my recipe end with "Serve immediately" but with this recipe, I will have to say let it rest for about an hour or so. It taste a lot better after a while when the flavors of all the ingredients actually merge and made an explosion of fabulous taste in your mouth! Buon Apettito!


41 comments:

  1. holaaaa¡¡¡¡
    me gusta mucho tu blog y te sigo nos seguimos mutuamente?¨¿
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  2. Ooooo, that looks so yummy. Really perfect and you had a great weekend. Have a nice day.

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  3. OMG! It looks so tasty:)

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  4. Ahh that looks so good, send me some or stop tempting me!

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  5. Wow, looks yummm and seems easy to prepare too!
    BTW, have fun in Seychelles, Mrs. C! Can't wait to see some pics!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  6. Looks so delicious!!
    xoAmy
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  7. Mmm, it looks delicious! :)
    xoxo
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  8. Mrs C, I hope you're feeling better. I'm definitely trying out this recipe. Yum! Yes, ever since I switched to WordPress, some of my readers said that it's not showing up on their news feed. I think that's what happened to you but you know where to find me. ;) Enjoy your weekend!

    xo Jo

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  9. OmG sweetie that recipe looks so delicious.
    Btw I´m your new follower I hope follow me back.

    Xoxo

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  10. mmm this looks so delicious

    new follower :)

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  11. Oh my my! That looks delicious! :)

    Xo,
    Amor GLAMOROZA

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  12. Yumm! Bacioni Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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  13. yummm i had that for lunch today but yours looks a million times better YUMMM! xO!
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  14. That looks delicious! Thankyou for sharing it with us :) instant hunger feeling lol!

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  15. Yum.. I love penne. Looks very similar to a pasta dish I make - kind of a catch all of veggies & grilled chix!

    xo Lulu
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  16. great dish )
    kisses!



    Angela Donava

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  17. Hey sweety,thanks for stopping by I really appreciate it!
    It looks great! :)


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  18. wow...this me me so hungry...look so yummy

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  19. Oh YUM! My stomach is growling reading this :)

    Annie
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  20. This is a great post, I'm sure this is a delicious recipt!!
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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  21. Sembrano ottime (: Reb, xoxo.

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  22. oh that looks soo good!!!

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  23. Oh my goodness, looks delicious! Must try it, I'm now following you, I look forward to future posts :)

    xo
    - J
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  24. Hi there.... those are super yummy food.... I think I need my lunch... ehr brunch now!
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  25. Looks delicious! I have to try this someday =D Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!



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  26. I love pasta salad this looks delicious. I hope you are feeling better, I didn't catch the flu but a cold and that took 3 weeks to recover!

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  27. looks so delicious, I love pasta salads:)
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

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  28. I love a healthy pasta, soooooo good and perfect for eating at home during lazy afternoons. I've just posted up one my most PROVOKING outfits featuring Erdem's runway printed neoprene coat and matching heels, do tell what you think on the craziness and l hope it entertains ;)

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  29. Your food always looks mouthwatering delicious, what a lucky family you have to enjoy all this yummy food :) Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  30. YUM! I am a huge past salad lover and this one looks DIVINE! officially pinned!!
    xx

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  31. OMG looks so delicious, will definitely give this a go.

    Hope you feel better soon and enjoy your vacation!
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  32. yum yum yum , great recipe and very easy too , thank you for the awesome comment on my blog!

    xo , Meg

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  33. I love this! Will have to give this a try. I've made your nasi lemak several times and it always turns out great.

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  34. Yummm you're making me hungry! I love anything that involves pasta so I'll definitely be trying this!

    ~Jacy

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  35. The beauty of food like this is that anything goes! Whatever you have or love goes in and it all tastes delicious.

    Lovely recipe mrs c! X

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