Thursday, July 25, 2013

ravioli pasta salad

Okay, so I'm kind of obsessed with pasta salad right now. It's so unearthly hot in Savannah right now, I don't want anything super hot or heavy in the evening. Pasta salad always seems to hit the spot. I made a spicy pasta salad a few days ago, and I plan on making a ranch blt pasta salad fairly soon. This one is so good- savory from the roasted garlic, salty from the feta cheese and slightly sweet from the sun dried tomatoes. Oh! And did I mention that rather than pasta I use mini ravioli?
There are several brand that make the fresh pasta, and I found these little ravioletti in the refrigerator section. Perfect. More cheese!
Cook the ravioli according to the package directions, and immediately cool them off with some cold water. Let them set off to the side until they are completely cool.
Meanwhile, grab some garlic. Raw is okay, but roasted is better.
To the garlic add fresh cracked black pepper, kosher salt and olive oil. Mush the roasted garlic into oil.
There we go. Now, let this love each other for a little bit while you round up everything else you need.
To the cooled ravioli, add sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese (I found some yummy feta that was marinated with basil and tomato) and diced onion. Oh, and the roasted garlic oil.
Mix it up! Then, I usually pop mine back into the fridge for about 30-40 minutes to let everything jive and set up. Also, so it gets back to being nice and cold.
Ravioli Pasta Salad
1 package refrigerator mini ravioli
1 package sun dried tomato slivers
2 oz feta cheese, plain or seasoned
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cloves roasted garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Prepare mini ravioli according to package. Drain and allow to cool. Meanwhile, mash both roasted garlic cloves in a small bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Allow this mixture time to merry. Combine cooled ravioli, sun dried tomatoes, minced onion, feta cheese and oil mixture together in a large bowl. Place in refrigerator to cool for an additional 30 minutes before time to enjoy!