The pasta salad loaded with penne pasta, prosciutto ham, basil pesto and black olives is simple to make. Delicious. And summer fresh. Serves four.
2-1/2 cups penne pasta, cooked al dente
3-1/2 oz prosciutto ham, diced
1/2 cup roasted bell peppers, sliced*
1/4 - 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
2-3 Tbsp basil pesto
1/2 cup (or more) shaved Parmesan
Cook the pasta following instructions on the box. While pasta is cooking, dice the prosciutto. Slice the roasted bell peppers and black olives. Shave the Parmesan cheese. After the pasta has cooked, rinsed and cooled a bit. Lightly toss the ingredients, except the shaved Parmesan, in a large salad bowl. Serve in salad bowls, topped with shaved Parmesan.
Want to try a different flavor? Substitute the roasted bell peppers with sun-dried tomatoes.
*Notes. You can purchase roasted bell peppers. But why not have fun and just roast your own. It's easy, whether under a broiler, on a stove-top burner or on a grill. Click on this image to watch a video from All Recipes and learn just how easy it is to roast peppers:
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