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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