This recipe comes from our August Pasta Spotlight, Deanna Segrave-Daly, Registered Dietitian of Teaspoon of Spice. Deanna says this recipe is great because “you can eat it hot or cold and it’s great for when you have guests over for dinner or lunch!”

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain (but save about 1/4 cup pasta water.)
  3. While pasta is cooking, toss asparagus, tomatoes, olive oil, black pepper and salt in a large bowl. Spread out on a baking sheet with a lip (or a large baking pan) and roast for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from oven and add cooked pasta to baking sheet. Mix together. If pasta seems sticky, mix in a few tablespoons of pasta water.
  5. Gently mix in mozzarella and basil.
  6. Place pasta salad in serving bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.

Notes:

If you want to make ahead of time or serve it cold, cook asparagus and tomatoes and mix with cooked pasta. Chill in refrigerator and right before serving, mix in mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar.

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