This week kicks off Project 52 over here in the Twice Around kitchen- 52 weeks of 52 recipes from cookbooks in my collection. To start off this challenge, I knew exactly which book to call upon first. Food Network Magazine’s, Great Easy Meals: 250 Fast and Fun Recipes. (Available here for purchase) It’s been a book that has lived on my shelf since it came out in 2011; one I’ve read and flipped through countless times, but also one that I can’t recall ever actually making a recipe from! I took a few minutes and flipped through, and my eyes stopped on this Orecchiette Salad with Roast Beef. Simple, easy, and ready in under 30 minutes made it a perfect weeknight recipe to try out. I went ahead and doubled it up, and put two portions away for the next day’s lunch, before adding the dressing. Do yourself a favor if you make this, and do the same because this one’s a winner, and the left overs will make your coworkers jealous the next day.
Orecchiette Salad with Roast Beef
Total Time: 25 min Prep:15 min Cook: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
8 ounces orecchiette pasta
1 cup bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), halved
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
8 small sweet marinated peppers (such as Peppadew), quartered **Edit – I used fresh, small sweet peppers, sliced into rounds, and sauteed. **
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or basil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
4 cups baby arugula
6 ounces deli-sliced roast beef, cut into strips
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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs; drain but don’t rinse.
Meanwhile, combine the bocconcini, artichokes, marinated peppers and mint in a serving bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper to taste and toss. Add the pasta and toss again.
Just before serving, stir in the arugula and roast beef. Season the salad with pepper.
Per serving: Calories 500; Fat 22 g (Saturated 7 g); Cholesterol 49 mg; Sodium 548 mg; Carbohydrate 51 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 26 g
Ease of Preparation : 5 out of 5.
Taste: 4.5 out of 5.
Visual: 5 out of 5
Final Verdict: Add it to the rotation