I love me a good, complicated recipe every once in awhile, but for some reason come Summertime, I'm all about simplicity and lightness. Hello, salads! I love combining different ingredients to try new tastes together. Plus, most of our Summer recipes involve pasta, because I've got to provide for my kids energy and endurance somehow.
It seems that whenever I've failed to plan ahead, and dinnertime creeps up on me before I'm ready, and I'm smack dab in the middle of a huge project that I just can't step away from for more than ten minutes, and I've asked the kids what sounds good to them...inevitably they announce unanimously, "Pasta salad!"
Usually our fall back salad is this one, but I experimented a little this time and came up with this winner. The kids loved it and I couldn't wait to have it for lunch the next day. We ate it warm for dinner, but it was just as good cold for lunch. See, versatile!
SUMMERTIME PASTA SALAD
16 oz. penne pasta
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 lb. small shrimp
1/2 green pepper, chopped
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
2-3 oz. freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
- Cook pasta al dente
-While pasta is cooking, steam shrimp
-Chop veggies and place in bowl with parmesan cheese
-Add hot shrimp and rinsed pasta
-Season with salt, pepper, and Italian dressing to your taste. Serve warm, or cold, it's good either way.