Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

Some would think that grilling season is almost over.  For us, however, it’s far from over.  It neverreally ends at my house.  A couple of winters ago Kansas City found itself in the midst of some crazy snowstorms and several feet of snow on the ground, and this happened several times.  Said snow did not stop my husband from grilling.

We just love to grill…well, Paul loves to grill.  He’s truly talented when it comes to grilling.  He (unlike me) takes his time and is so thoughtful when he picks out flavors to use and how hot he wants the coals.  Yes, coals, he will only grill on our charcoal Weber grill. Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

And when we decided to stay in on a recent Friday night, we picked a menu of grilled chicken and veggies.  And Paul picked this Star Fine Foods olive oil out of the cabinet.  I took this as the hint that it was and I’m so glad that I did.  These infused oils are top-notch.  The infused oil was perfect for these veggies and even better with the pasta salad….which I made the following day with the leftover grilled veggies.  And Star Fine Foods is offering a fun giveaway, including balsamic vinegar and olive oil, to one of you, see below to enter!

I usually make way too many grilled veggies.  First because I’m always afraid that there won’t be enough.  I end up cutting up a few extra of each because inevitably I’ll end up snacking on a couple of tomatoes and peppers before they even make it to the grill.  But second, because I adore leftover veggies.  I’d had this balsamic pasta salad on my mind for days and I couldn’t imagine any better addition that the leftover grilled veggies!

Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

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Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 15 minutes

A quick & simple recipe for using leftover grilled veggies. Fresh pasta is combined with leftover grilled vegetables and added to a simple balsamic vinaigrette for a side dish or main dish.

Ingredients:

8 ounces pasta
2 Tbs. Star Fine Foods balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. Star Fine Foods olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cups grilled veggies (I used leftover grilled veggies, see note below)
2 ounces goat cheese crumbles, optional

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Drain the pasta and add to the bowl with the balsamic vinaigrette. Stir well to coat the pasta. Add the leftover grilled vegetables on top and sprinkle with goat cheese.

Cassie’s Notes:
This pasta salad can be served hot or cold. Leave out the cheese for a vegan adaptation.

When grilling the vegetables, we used Star Fine Foods garlic-infused olive oil, dried thyme, dried sage, salt and pepper and grilled them in a grilling basket for 15-20 minutes, tossing the veggies often. They get a nice char and grilled flavor and cook very evenly. Store the grilled vegetable leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container until making this pasta salad.

Alternately, you can roast the vegetables in a large baking dish at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes until tender, tossing often.

Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

 

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32 Responses to “Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies”

  1. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 28, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    Truthfully I’m not a big veggie person BUT I’d love to make this for my veggie brother or just a party sometime. Looks great!

  2. #
    DessertForTwo — August 28, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Yum! :)

  3. #
    Rachel Cooks — August 28, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I love grilled vegetables–this looks so good!

  4. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 28, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    That pasta looks incredible! Balsamic has to be one of my favorite condiments.

  5. #
    JulieD — August 28, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    This looks awesome!! I love balsamic vinegar…and the addition of grilled veggies, I love it!

  6. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 28, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I could take a bath in anything with balsamic…love it!

  7. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 28, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    this pasta looks amazing! I love left over grilled veggies, I always make at least double what I need and they make the fridge smell so tasty!

  8. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 28, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Open mouth insert 55 trillion buckets.

  9. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 28, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I love the simple dressing you made here! I’m definitely going to try it on my next pasta salad. :)

  10. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 28, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    i absolutely love balsamic AND i love pasta salad, so this is right up my alley. YUM!

  11. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — August 28, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    huge fan of grilling as well–hoping we have another mild winter so we don’t have to stop (i don’t think my husband is as dedicated as yours :))

  12. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 28, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Balsamic vinegar – check.
    Roasted veggies – double check.
    Goat cheese – check.

    Quick, easy, and amazing – YES! :)

  13. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 28, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I love your pasta recipes, Cassie!! This looks gorgeous, and I probably have everything I need already at home… perrfect!!!

  14. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 28, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Grilled veggies are the best and I love the balsamic here! I always have to prep extra veggies too – I find myself eating half of them before they ever hit the grill! :)

  15. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 28, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    Wow. Thyme? Goat chese? Pasta?? Grilled veggies??? This dish is a veritable buffet of my favorite tastes. Fantastic recipe, Cassie!

  16. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 28, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    My husband will LOVE this. he is a huge fan of balsamic vinegar. This looks so good!

  17. #
    jodi@garlicgirl.com — August 28, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Oh my goodness – I feel like diving into that bowl of pasta goodness. Love it! It was great meeting you at IFBC – hope to see you again soon.
    Jodi

  18. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — August 28, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Cassie, this looks and sounds ah-mazing! YUM! Mouth.Is.Watering!

  19. #
    Carla @ Carla's Confections — August 28, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Wow that bowl of pasta looks like it needs to be eaten… By me! It looks super delish!!!

  20. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — August 28, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    My husband is a snow griller too. Men are so funny! This looks delicious! Love the goat cheese

  21. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 28, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    I’m the griller in the family. My Husband used to be, but he overcooks the meat. In California we grill till about October then stop. But when I lived in Buffalo we grilled all year round. I wonder why we did that? Your salad looks delish!!

  22. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 28, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    i could eat pasta and veggies with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for the rest of my life. i love the flavors it gives off!

  23. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — August 28, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    I could eat this everyday! I love how you added crumbled goat cheese in this.

  24. #
    Aggie — August 29, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Everything about this pasta makes me happy!!! This looks so delicious!

  25. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 29, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    What a great way to use up leftover grilled veggies! And in Texas, my family doesn’t know such a thing as grilling season. If anything, they grill less in the summer just because it’s so hot. It’s BBQ 2-3 times a week. Heaven. :)

  26. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 29, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    Cassie, I love how you make the simplest of foods look so elegant! You dress up pasta so nicely and look at all of these fresh flavors. Goat cheese steals my heart away. I could it it on plain pasta even! :)

  27. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 29, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Yay for never ending grilling season! Yay for veggies and pasta salad! Yum!

  28. #
    Marly — August 30, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Some of my favorite things appear in this recipe – grilled veggies and balsamic vinaigrette! Love this recipe and can’t wait to give it a try!

  29. #
    Meghan — August 31, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I love balsamic & pasta salad! This look awesome, especially with the goat cheese!

  30. #
    Aggie — February 14, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    You made this for me right? Thanks!! ;) looks delicious Cassie, my kind of food!

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