Sunday, 28 February 2016

Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Sweet Pepper Dressing

There really is nothing better than a roasted cherry tomato. They are so sweet and delicious. This pasta salad is fantastic. I added goat's cheese to the original recipe but it would be just as nice without. I liked the creaminess though.

Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Goat's Cheese and Sweet Pepper Dressing
(from Waitrose Recipe Card)
(Serves 4)

400g cherry tomatoes, halved, at room temperature
2 roasted red peppers
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice 1 lemon
250g dried pasta shapes
100g mixed pitted olives, roughly chopped
bunch chives, roughly chopped
bunch fresh basil, leaves roughly torn
bag rocket, roughly chopped
50g goat's cheese

Preheat the oven to 150°C.

Place the cherry tomatoes in a roasting tin and cook in the oven for 45 mins, until slightly caramelised.

Place the roasted peppers in a small food processor with the vinegar, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Blitz until smooth, season and set aside.

Bring a pan of water to the boil, add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions. Drain well and toss in a large bowl with the dressing until coated then leave to cool to room temperature.

Divide the rocket between 4 bowls and top with the pasta, tomatoes, goat's cheese, olives and herbs, serve.

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