Warm Penne Pasta Salad

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Warm Penne Pasta Salad

I’m not sure what is going on, but I loveeee me some wheat pasta!  I love my carbs, however since I’m nursing I really want to make sure I’m eating foods that are healthier, right?  Just last week I made my Cream Cheese Macaroni, but used whole wheat elbows instead of the traditional.  I also like pairing my pasta with BUTTER.  Who doesn’t?  Now I try to add more veggies in too!  

I’m not a picky eater at all, and I love my produce!  I just have a hard time eating a huge bowl of string beans on it’s own.  Not that it isn’t delicious.. it could just be better!  Pasta dishes are also perfect when in a pinch and short on time.  I can seriously eat pasta, every.single.day!  I won’t, but could.    My favorite way is with tons of garlic.  I have a serious garlic obsession   I go through about a dozen bulbs a month!  This pasta salad I made the other day is a perfect pair with grilled chicken, or even on it’s own!  I ate it all by it’s lonesome for lunch and enjoyed every single bite!  My favorite thing to do is get a bite of each ingredient on a fork – party time!

Warm Penne Pasta Salad

Warm Penne Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
2 Cups Penne Pasta
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Teaspoon Butter
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
2 Handfuls of Frozen String Beans
2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
1/2 Cup Fresh Mozzarella, chopped
Pinch of Dried Basil
Salt to Taste

Directions:
In a sauce pan bring water to a boil and add in the pasta once boiling.  In a small fry pan heat together the butter and oil.  Add in the garlic and cook on medium-low until softened.  When the pasta is almost done add in the string beans.  Drain pasta and add in the garlic butter/oil with tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are slightly softer.  Toss in the mozzarella, basil, salt to taste, and enjoy!

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Family, Food, and Photography are Courtney's passions and you'll see all of that on this blog.She married Chris in summer of 2008 and they had Sweet Baby summer of 2012.Sweet Baby has a rare food allergy called FPIES, which Courtney discusses frequently.She also loves to do car reviews, so check those out too!
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21 Responses to “Warm Penne Pasta Salad”

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    Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins — November 26, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    Oh, that looks so good!

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    Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com — November 26, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    Looks delicious to me!

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    Emily @FamilyNLifeLV — November 26, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    Easy and delish! My favorite!

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    Leilani — November 26, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    Looks good and I love penne pasta!

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    Tricia Nightowlmama — November 26, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    with all the things I love looks like the perfect lunch

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    Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah — November 26, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Looks like a great dinner!

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    Donna — November 26, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    That looks so good! I only buy wheat pasta… I think it tastes heartier, not to mention it’s healthier for you.

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    Sheri — November 26, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    That looks delicious.

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    Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) — November 26, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I’d probably leave the tomatoes out but this looks delish otherwise. Penne is my favorite pasta and you can’t beat fresh mozzarella!

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    Maryann — November 26, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    That sounds really good and it could be made GF so that is perfect for us.

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    Penelope (NYC Blogger) — November 26, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    That looks like a page from a magazine!

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    Mom Foodie — November 27, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    Sure looks good to me. Real butter is better for you than those fake spreads anyway. I see you went with 1/2 butter & 1/2 olive oil. That is what I do too, yummy!

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    • Courtney replied: — November 28th, 2012 @ 6:37 am

      I love the flavor of both, especially together :)

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    Mellisa — November 27, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    Looks amazing. I love my Pasta warm, I just can’t eat it cold for some reason.

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    JulieD — November 27, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    That looks wonderful! I love fresh mozzarella!

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    Simply Being Mommy — November 27, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    YUM, it looks so tasty and fresh.

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    Tanya — November 27, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    Looks yummy! I’m making the same thing tonight except with roasted tomatoes and zucchini

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    • Courtney replied: — November 28th, 2012 @ 6:38 am

      I also do one with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Garlic, Mushrooms, and Parmesan! Yum!

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    Jenn@Sweet T Makes Three — November 27, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Hubs would like this since he doesn’t care for cold pasta salads.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — November 28, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    I could definitely eat a bowl of string beans on its own, but your recipe looks even better!

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    Sandy Chiang — February 25, 2015 @ 8:01 pm

    This looks delicious and a warm salad is perfect for the winter time when you just don’t feel like eating a traditional cold salad.

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