Cold pasta with pesto dried tomatoes and goat cheese

Pasta salad with pesto, dried tomatoes and goat cheese: light and tasty, not the usual cold pasta salad.

cold pasta salad with pesto, dried tomatoes and goat cheese. What's better than a nice cold pasta salad in summer? But not a trivial pasta salad with pickles or tomatoes. Today's recipe is really tasty. Fusilloni, a pasta shape that I really like, topped with a basil pesto, Sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and anchovy bread crumbs. I prepare the pesto at home in a mortar, But if you hurry you can buy it ready. If you want to change format of pasta, I suggest you use in any case a short pasta and rifled, that holds good cooking and take the sauce.

You can safely prepare cold pasta salad with pesto, dried tomatoes and goat cheese in advance and store it in the refrigerator for a couple of days, covered with foil for food contact. Obviously, if you preparaste the pasta salad a day in advance, cooking the pasta must be very al dente. To avoid the risk of being left with a cold pasta tasty but overcooked. Before serving, remember to add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and return the pasta salad to almost ambient temperature, so that they feel good about the flavors and scents.

If you loved the goat cheese, pleasantly sour, replace it with the Taleggio. Is, since we are the right time for the cold, dates also a look at all my SALAD RECIPES PASTA AND RICE if you want something fresh for lunch or dinner. Yet, if you are fans of pesto, do not waste all my PESTO RECIPES: I'm sure you will find one that suits you. And now I wish you good day!


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  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt, to taste
  • 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 grams of fresh basil
  • 30 grams of grated pecorino cheese Dop
  • 50 grams of grated parmigiano reggiano Pdo
  • 20 grams pine nuts
  • 360 grams of fusilloni
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 150 grams of cheese of goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • salt to taste


For the basil pesto, If you use the Blender simply put all ingredients into the machine and blend. If, like me, use the mortar, first crush the garlic with the salt and the pine nuts and, When you have a smooth paste, combine the Basil, pecorino, Parmesan and then emulsify with the oil. I recommend, Once ready, to put it in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so that the film is in complete contact with pesto, otherwise it oxidizes and darkens within a short time.

Cut into strips and then diced Sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese into small cubes.

In a pan put 2 tablespoons of oil and, What is hot, Add the anchovies crush them well with a fork, then the bread crumbs and toast, stirring constantly. When is golden, remove from heat and set it aside.

Boil the fusilloni in abundant salted water and drain them al dente. Then dress them with a little olive oil and allow to cool in a dish very large up to bring them to room temperature. Once cold, season with dried tomatoes and cheese and refrigerate. Just before going to the table cream the fusilloni with pesto, adding if necessary a few drops of oil. Sprinkle cold Fusilloni pesto with dried tomatoes and goat cheese with anchovy bread crumbs and serve. Have a good day!

THE PAIRING: For this recipe which is characterized by a strong flavor, We choose a brut siciliano obtained from indigenous Carricante (for the 90%), cultivated on the Etna volcano to quality softwoods which mature between 900 and 1200 meters above sea level. Noblesse, This is the name of the sparkling wine (classic method), It is produced by Benanti. Has delicate aromas of fruit and floral scents of orange blossoms, dry taste and good acidity. Enjoy it fresh.

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Valeria July 27, 2013 at 19:16

I just discovered this page…So cute, congratulations! and looking for an idea for a cold pasta to be proposed at an informal dinner I saw this which has hit the mark…the I'll definitely try! Hi

Sicilians creative in the kitchen July 27, 2013 at 20:41

Hi valeria, Welcome to my blog! I'm glad you found something you like,Let me know after you have eaten!Hi ada

Tania July 22, 2013 at 09:54

interesting, I will try….

Sicilians creative in the kitchen July 22, 2013 at 12:49

Thanks Tania and welcome. Let me know if you like!!! ADA

Erica Of Paul July 22, 2013 at 07:53

Fully 😛 “spatasciata” on the pc to admire so much splendor……

Sicilians creative in the kitchen July 22, 2013 at 12:50

Hello erica! 🙂


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