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School Lunch Recipe: Pasta Salad

School Lunch Recipe: Pasta Salad

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School Lunch Recipe: Pasta Salad

A pasta salad by Fabrizio Schenard perfectly suited for a school lunch box.

Serves | 4 to 6 |

  • 1 lb dried tri-color fusilli pasta
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 cups fresh green beans
  • 1 chicken breast
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup green Sicilian and kalamata olives, quartered
  • 1 small jar sundried tomatoes, drained and julienned
  • 5 to 6 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

| Preparation | Boil pasta over high heat until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. Roast red peppers under the broiler or over an open flame, turning often, until skin is blistered. Place in a brown paper bag and let cool. Remove peppers from bag, peel off skins, remove seeds and julienne the flesh. Set aside.

Bring a large pot full of water to a boil. Blanche the green beans by placing them in the boiling water, then submerging them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Remove from cold water and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Brush chicken breast with a light coating of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through. Let cool, and then cut into cubes.

In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, roasted red peppers, green beans, chicken, bacon, olives, sundried tomatoes and basil. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over pasta salad and toss to combine. Refrigerate until cool.

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