Monday, May 12, 2014

Grilled Sausage and Peppers Pasta Salad

1                   pound gemelli pasta
6                   tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3                   tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2             teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1                   tablespoon tomato paste
2                   large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1                   large shallot, thinly sliced and separated into rings
1-1/2            teaspoons chopped thyme
           **Salt and freshly ground black pepper **
**Sausage Mixed Grill, sausages and vegetables thinly sliced **
2                   large celery ribs, thinly sliced on the bias
1/4                pound smoked mozzarella, cut into thin strips
1                   cup chopped basil

1 .         In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and toss to coat. Let cool to room temperature.
2.         Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir the lemon juice with the lemon zest, tomato paste, garlic, shallot and thyme. Stir in the 6 tablespoons of olive oil and the reserved pasta cooking water. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
3.         Add 1/4 cup of the dressing to the pasta and toss. Add the sausages, peppers, radicchio, celery, mozzarella and the remaining dressing and toss well. Season the pasta salad with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the basil and serve.


  1. Hi Nee,
    Your pasta dish looks really delicious! With sausages, yum!
    Happy Mother's Day!

    1. Hi Joyce ,
      the weather is nice now and time for some light food . Happy Mother's Day ! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Dear Nee, Happy Mother's Day to you. This is a wonderful salad to dress up any table for the coming outdoor picnics. Blessings, Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine , Happy Mother's Day to you , I know it was restful and relaxing .
      We eat outside a lot and the weather is nice now so light comfort food is the way to go .Thanks for stopping by . Blessing , Nee

  3. Happy Mother's Day to You Nee. Your salad looks great!

    1. Happy Mother's Day to you Weekend hurry back and thanks for stopping by ")

  4. Dear Nee,
    This salad is a perfect dish for eating outdoors in the fresh sunny air. I love all your ingredients, they blend together so nicely. One of my favorite pastas is Gemelli, I have not had that for a long time. Your photo is so inviting, I just want a dish of that right now. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. Blessings on a great week...Dottie :)

    1. Dear Dottie ,
      This is a tasty salad and great for outside .
      Thank you for noticing my photo , If you notice all the foodies have nice pictures ... not just mine as you seem to imply each time . I ask how to get them that way and everyone was so nice . My photos are not copyright , I don't have reason to , I just enjoy sharing . Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Hi Medeja , it is a one dish meal . Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Hi Nee,

    Your pasta salad is screaming the word, SUMMER in my face! Must be beautiful to enjoy this with lots of sunshine.



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