I’ve been really wishing for summer weather as the days here in Toronto have been super cold (where did that snow come from?!). Hey Mother Nature, I thought it was supposed to be Spring already!! Despite the snow, I’ve been trying to stay positive and make my favourite summer dish: pasta salad! All of those delicious flavours always work out so well and are a perfect addition to any BBQ or pot luck get together.
I made a macaroni pasta and the results were fantastic! Seriously though… look at that beauty!!
I received some boxes of Barilla pasta and was excited to use it since I’ve heard so many great things about the brand! I usually just buy whatever’s convenient without searching or going out of my way for a particular brand, but I feel like I’m now a convert!
Since we are a two person household, a whole box of pasta is way too much for the two of us and I invited some friends over for a pot luck party. We tried the gluten-free macaroni pasta from Barilla and we were all pleasantly surprised at how similar the taste was from regular durum semolina pasta!
This macaroni pasta recipe was super easy to make and I found all of my ingredients at my local Loblaws supermarket.
I grabbed some Campari tomatoes since they were on sale and much more fresh than the grape tomatoes that were on selection. Aren’t they so pretty?
Although gluten-free, the method of preparing the pasta is the same and requires boiling.
As you’re waiting for the water to boil and pasta to cook, you can chop up your tomatoes, cheese and basil. Taking a few breaks in between to stir the pot and make sure the pasta doesn’t stick.
When all of your ingredients are prepared, cool down your pasta on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil.
My favourite part comes next: putting all of the ingredients together! I decided to add a bit more cheese and basil than asked for because they just photograph so nicely!
Let me know if you try out this recipe and share it on social media #ShareTheTable!