Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bruschetta Pasta Salad a la Home on the Range

Sandra's recipe is submitted for the Chopped Challenge Round Two Main Dish Basket including the following items:

Theme: Italian Chuckwagon
Cowboy Style Pinto Beans
Angel Hair Pasta
BONUS ITEM: Peperoncini Sotto Aceto

I have worked as an extra on several movies and television shows, and although I can’t publicly mention which movie set this refers to, we had a lunch one day that everyone complained about. It was a green salad with spaghetti in it! We all were 100% sure it was leftovers thrown in a bowl. Yet, when I was thinking of what to do with Linda's crazy Chopped basket contents, I thought of this immediately! And guess what? The biscuit croutons, the salty fried prosciutto, and of course the rinsed off ranch style beans right from the can really did it for me! The real test was to let Willie try it. He loved it! Haha! So pasta in the green salad isn't so bad after all!

Bruschetta Pasta Salad a la Home on the Range

by Sandra Simmons

Romaine lettuce, chopped
tomatoes, diced
1 can Ranch Style beans, rinsed
Prosciutto, chopped, fried until crisp
Ken's Light Options Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing
6-8 fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Angel hair pasta, cooked al dente and cut in half
Biscuit croutons - Take baked biscuits, tear and cook them in a skillet with olive oil until browned; drain on paper towels.

This is a simple salad to put together. I tossed each salad individually so the ingredients listed here are not exact. Feel free to play around with them and add and omit ingredients as you like.

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