"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

2.10.14

Muffuletta Pasta Salad #Weekend Bites

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Muffaletta Pasta Salad- simplelivingeating.com


Muffuletta Pasta Salad brings back memories of family gatherings when I was a kid. My whole extended family loves this salad. There is something in it for everyone. Ham and salami for the meat lovers, provolone cheese, and Giardiniera salad (pickled vegetables) that I just learned how to make myself. (Check out Monday's Post: Giardiniera on a Muffuletta Sandwich)



Muffaletta Pasta Salad- simplelivingeating.com

I need quick and easy meals like this pasta to make right now. Yes, we have a busy Fall schedule and my husband just surprised me. We are going to Paris for my 50th birthday in November.... so much to plan! 

Muffaletta Pasta Salad- simplelivingeating.com

Muffutetta Pasta Salad

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

8 ounces of Olive Tapeneda (Trader Joes is good.)
6 ounces of salami cubed (about 1/2 inch size for all cubes)
12 ounces of ham cubed (Black Forest Ham is good for this)
12 ounces provolone cheese cubed
24 ounces of Giardiniera salad drained
1 pound of Fusilli or Penne Rigate pasta
3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup or more of Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
Optional: Chopped: sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pepperoncini peppers


Directions:

1) Bring a large sauce pot of well salted water to a boil. 

2) Cook pasta according to directions. Add all ingredients to the pasta. 

Serve hot, room temperature or cold. Check EVOO and salt and pepper for taste before serving. 



Weekend Bites





Weekend Bites



Weekend Bites Features:




From: Culinary Flavors

Feta and Olive Twirlos
Feta and Olive Twirlos

The flavors in this bread are amazing cheese and olives and so beautiful to look at too!






From: Simply Fresh Dinners

Spinach and Sausage Stuffed Manicottis
Spinach and Sausage Stuffed Manicottis

This is the lightest manicotti I've seen and the flavors wow! Everyone in the family is going to love this dish. 






From: Annie's Noms

Maple Cinnamon White Chocolate Brioche Pudding
Maple Cinnamon White Chocolate Brioche Pudding

The scent of this pudding cooking says Fall to me. Love the aroma of maple and cinnamon. Plus it's easy to make. 









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30 comments:

  1. Hi Michelle! Thanks again for hosting! Those features really look delicious! Have a great weekend! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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    1. Thanks Sandi,
      Lots of good recipes last week and looks really good this week too.

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  2. Hi Diane,
    I will just love your Muffaletta Pasta Salad, it looks so good! Thanks for the party and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      Always been a favorite salad.

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  3. This is the perfect salad. I missed your Giardiniera Salad this week. I'll have to check that out.

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    1. It was really fun doing my own pickling. Easy too.

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  4. Thanks for the party! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  5. It looks like a great pasta salad (but not for us, as we don't eat meat/chicken with dairy)
    Thanks for the party Diane, and I wish you a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks Winnie,
      A lot of Italian food is not very kosher.

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  6. Your Muffuletta Pasta Salad looks wonderful, Diane! I adore big flavour-packed salads like this! Thank you for hosting. This week I've shared a lighter version of my classic Beef Stroganoff recipe, perfect if you are trying to eat healthier. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Love Beef Stroganoff will have to chek it out.

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  7. What a great idea to transform a muffuletta into a salad. Muffuletta's take me back to Louisiana and Texas where they were on the menu often. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Yes, I never knew that it came from New Orleans, created by Italian immigrants there.

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  8. I hadn't heard of muffuletta before, Diane. I'm always learning something new when I visit! Thanks so much for the feature - what a lovely Friday you have given me :)
    Thanks too, for hosting - always such a pleasure to visit. You will LOVE Paris!

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    1. So glad to hear that Robyn. I love learning about new foods and sharing it with people. Even though muffuletta is something I have eaten my whole life I never knew about it's origins in New Orleans.

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  9. Diane,
    Congrats on your big vacation news. So you're a Scorpio too?
    Thanks for the party. Sorry I don't have a submission this week.
    Annamaria

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes, taking a little break are you? I checked your blog today for your party.

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  10. This take on muffuletta is delicious. I once had a wedge salad with all the components of the sandwich and a sesame bread dressing. I didn't even know there was such thing!

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  11. Hello! What a tasty and bright salad! :) And thanks for such cool party! Let's party!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Mila

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  12. This is a perfect fall pasta salad loaded with delicous foods.. It looks amazing!! Found your recipe at Tasty Tuesdays at the New Mrs. Adventures. I am one of the hostesses of Tickle My Tastebuds and would love you to stop by and link up this recipe if you have not yet already. Here is the link
    http://bit.ly/1vNELPU
    Lori

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  13. love a good muffaletta sandwich, so this pasta salad must be great! yum! thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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  14. Love the salad recipe, it looks delicious! What an awesome birthday surprise! Saying hello from Freedom Fridays!
    Cathy

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Hope to see you again real soon,
    Miz Helen

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  16. Looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.

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  17. I'm so excited for you/your trip, Diane!
    I love all things muffaletta! Thank you for sharing--your pasta salad is one of the top viewed links this week.

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    1. Thanks Michelle,
      I think I need to make a trip to New Orleans too sometime soon. I have been making so many New Orlean inspired recipes lately.

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  18. This looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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