Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pasta Salad with Belgioioso Fresh Mozzarella

Yesterday it was warm and muggy and we didn't feel like eating a heavy meal of hot food.  The solution was a wonderful pasta salad featuring Belgioioso Fresh Mozzarella from Costco.  I don't have have exact quantities for a number of the ingredients but here is what went into it. Unless otherwise noted, fresh herbs will be from my wife's herb garden:

  • 12 oz rainbow butterfly pasta
  • 2 roma tomatoes from my wife's garden
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 sweet onion
  • about 10 oz Belgioioso fresh mozzarella
  • flat leaf parsley
  • spicy basil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
My wife put it in the fridge to chill for a while and then garnished it with a sprig of fresh parsley.  Below is a photo of the finished dish.

As is fairly common in our house, I came up with the idea for dinner and did support things like buy the ingredients and start the pasta while my wife did most of the cooking although in this case that was mostly chopping.  She did suggest adding lemon juice, which really brought just the right amount of a nice, bright tang to the dish.

This was a  fun summer salad that had some good crunch from the pepper and onions and a nice blend of herbs and other flavors to make it refreshing yet satisfying.

The Belgioioso cheese is pretty affordable. You get two 16 oz pieces (two pounds total) for 6.99 at my local Costco. That compares to 3.59 for 8 oz at Meijer. Same brand, yet less than half the price on a per pound basis.

Here is a link to some recipes from Belgioioso.

Searching "fresh mozzarella" at the Costco cookbooks link I have posted produces about 32 results. And I am sure the Epicurious and Food Network have a wide selection of recipes too.  I might do some searching for a fresh mozzarella recipe at some point because we really do like this cheese and it is a great price.

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