Hello May and hello salad season! It's official, time to bust into the salads. Today, I'm brining you this super quick and easy pasta salad that doesn't have a whole lot of ingredients and would be great alongside your next barbecue!
The year is quickly slipping away and we are only a short beach walk away from full on summer. The first week of May is already drifting into the distance and I can already feel the creeping of summer.
Am I the only one that feels like this year is just disappearing in the blink of an eye? It almost feels like just days ago I was surrounded by tinsel with the wafting smell of roasted turkey filling the house and downing Yuletide cocktails. And now I'm brushing off the barbecue, wondering if I can squeeze into that bathing suit and planning my life around that scorching fire ball that's going to hit us real soon.
But, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to winter yet. Okay, spring technically, but I'm still not sure where winter disappeared to this year, so never mind spring. I know embracing the seasons is a part of life and this year I am willing myself to embrace summer and all the of flesh melting days ahead of us for months to come. I really am.
In my mind on this mild afternoon in May I am telling, more like trying to brainwash, myself into loving summer this year.
The thing is, I really do enjoy so much that summer brings. The start of summer feels almost fresh. It almost becomes a vacation in itself just knowing that vacationers are turning up from every direction. And no, I don't hold a full time job of any real description. I'm a stay at home mom and I look after all that stuff. There never really seems to be much free time, but that's life. When people ask me what I do with my time, I invite them to spend a week in my house. No more words are needed.
That aside, when summer turns up, I kind of feel like I'm a little entitled to some vacation days as well. Sleeping past 6:00 am for starters. Although, I much prefer waking up the crack of dawn if I have to be up or not. It's that special time of day when everything is peaceful. And dare I say, tidy.
But there's so much more to sleeping in, or not sleeping in with my case. I embrace the lack of routine that summer allows. The mornings that run into days that run into weeks with not much to show for it. There's something a little welcoming about that from time to time. Taking a day trip just because you can. Day drinking, yes!!! Because it's summer and socially accepted to sit beachside with a cocktail midday. Why not! And patio sitting well into the late hours with the sound of crickets and the distant buzzing of radio hits. All of this, and so much more, summer has to offer.
So this year, I'm embracing it. Watch this space.
Apart from all of that, as every season changes, so does the food. As much as I love comfort cooking and eating, I love a good ol' barbecue with all the fixings. A Sunday afternoon spent at home with the family, the radio on, the barbecue sizzling away, the wine chilling and no where to be. You can't beat it.
So I'm currently looking forward to making some new summer food. I have a few ideas and have already got some summer recipe testing done and dusted for the blog real soon. So, check back soon for more summer recipes like this easy pasta salad I got for you here today.
This took no time to make and was pretty tasty. I ate it for lunch and dinner all in one day. It's pretty basic and doesn't require much. Which makes it perfect for lazy summer days.
Notes about the pasta:
First of all, easy! Like so easy it almost didn't really need a recipe. But I wrote one anyway..ha!
I can't think of a whole lot to say about this easy salad really. You an eat it hot or cold. Hot it would be more like a pasta dish and cold more like a pasta salad. Make sense? My intention when I made it was to have it as a hot lunch. Then I had to photograph it for the blog so it was no longer hot to say the least. I tasted it cold and then thought it was even better that way. Then after I put it in the fridge and ate it again for dinner, it was better still! So, I thought it worked best as a pasta salad.
I used pasta spirals, but it's not necessary. Just use whatever you have on hand. It all works just as good for sure.
When you chop your parsley for this recipe, try to do it as finely as you can. It's not the type of salad that lends itself to big pieces of parsley stuck between your teeth. So chop it fine. And that's really pretty much it for this easy dish.
Serve it with a barbecue, as a stand alone lunch or even take it to a pot luck.
Happy cooking friends and get ready for summer because it's coming!
Bell Pepper Pasta Salad
Serves 4 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 10 minutes
1 lb/ 450 grams pasta spirals
1/2 Red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 Yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 Green pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 Red onion, thinly sliced
1 Cup/115 grams shredded mozzarella
1/4 Cup/40 grams, fresh parmesan, finely grated
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Small bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
Cook pasta for 8 minutes until tender. Remove from heat and drain.
In a large bowl combine the pasta, peppers, onions, garlic and olive oil. Stir well. Add the mozzarella, parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir well.
Serve at room temperature or cold.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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