Refreshing Party Pasta Recipe by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Refreshing Party Pasta Recipe
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If you are in the northern hemisphere, we are entering our season of outdoor meals.  This pasta dish is perfect to launch off your next party.  Simply print the recipe and take it with you to your grocery store or garden.  


Ingredients

1 teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for the pasta
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil for roasting tomatoes, white (or green) asparagus, and mushrooms
4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
6 fresh, ripe tomatoes (organic)
1 cup Cotija cheese, grated
1 cup Panela cheese, grated
1 bunch white asparagus or green (organic)
16 ounces of baby bella mushrooms (organic)
1/2 cup of scissor snipped fresh curly parsley (organic)
1/2 cup of scissor snipped basil (organic)
zest of 1/2 lemon (organic)
juice of 1/2 lemon (organic)


Directions


Serves 16 
(can scale up or down for number of people)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204.444 degrees Celsius).

Follow pasta directions on box, cook pasta until al dente (both boxes).  
Drain the water from the pasta in a large colander or two smaller colanders.
Pour the pasta into a very large bowl or two smaller bowls (If using two smaller bowls, remember to equally divide the ingredients).
Season the pasta with the salt and pepper. 
Add the olive oil and rice wine vinegar. 
Gently mix  and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Dice the tomatoes and place them into a colander to drain.
Break off the tough ends of the asparagus, then chop the remaining asparagus into about 1/2” pieces.
Slice the baby bella mushrooms.
Drizzle a roasting pan with olive oil, place the tomatoes, asparagus, and mushrooms on the pan.  Roll the three ingredient around the pan to get an even coating.  
Roast the items for 25 minutes, until tender and still crisp.
Transfer these ingredients to a cool rack on the kitchen counter to cool to room temperature.

Add the grated cheeses, roasted tomatoes-asparagus-mushrooms, parsley, basil, zest, and lemon juice to the room temperature pasta, then gently mix well.






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