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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Courtney Lopez

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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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Comments

  1. says

    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!

  2. Sandy Chiang says

    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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