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Easy, healthy option for side dish

(Serves 10)

  • 300g rotini pasta (spiral)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine/balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 cups sliced button mushrooms (sautee with butter and garlic)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green/red pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup finely diced carrot
  • 1 cup broccoli (chopped into small florets and blanched)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • A few slices of pepperoni – or other meat slices of choice (diced and fried until crispy)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rotini pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Whisk together, oil, vinegar, garlic powder, basil and oregano in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together cooked pasta, oil mixture and the rest of the ingredients. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Longer time will produce better taste. Serve cold.


For variation, you can add cherry tomatoes and olive.

Using balsamic vinegar will discolor the pasta slightly.