Calabrese Pasta Salad

Last Updated on February 11, 2021

An easy recipe for Calabrese pasta salad! It is a wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a summer side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.

 

An easy recipe for Calabrese pasta salad! It is a wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a summer side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.

An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.
 
 
This is one of my most favourite recipes. 
 
I found it first on a box of Primo Tri-colour Fusilletti but have made a few modification from the original recipe. 
 
When I make it I have to add the Feta and Olives to my own portion as someone doesn’t like these.  I add my olives whole and liberally because I just love them.  Yum!
 
 
 
An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.
 
 
The original recipe calls for Tri-colour Fusilletti which actually made it so much prettier but I’ve been unable to find it lately.
 
 
An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.
 
 
This recipe for Calabrese Pasta Salad is really tasty hot or as I love to eat it the next day, cold!
 


An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.

 

Easy Calabrese Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
 
  • 375g of Pasta (I recommend Fusilletti, Fusilli or Rotini for this recipe.)
  • 1/4 (50mL) plus 1 tbsp (15mL) Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 2 tbsp each, fresh chopped basil & oregano OR 1 1/2 dried basil and oregano
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large purple onion, cut in 1 cm slices.  (Spanish Onion works just as well.)
  • 1 Sweet Pepper (Red is best, but yellow or green works too) cored & seeded, coarsely chopped.
  • 1 can (398 mL) Diced Plum Tomatoes, Well Drained
  • 1/2 cup whole or sliced green olives.
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese

Note: Do not season with salt as the olives and feta add more than enough salt to flavour this pasta! 

Directions:

  1. Prepare Pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, minced garlic, herbs and ground pepper.
  3. In a large skillet sear onion and sweet pepper in remaining 1/4 tbsp of oil over med high heat, stirring several times until slightly soft.
  4. Add tomatoes to skillet and cook another 2 minutes until tomatoes are heated through.
  5. Remove skillet from burner and add vegetables to oil-herb mixture.
  6. Drain pasta, add to bowl with other ingredients.
  7. Toss with Feta and Olives.  Add optional cooked meat* and combine well.
  8. Serve immediately or allow to cool and serve as a cold pasta.

 Makes 4 to 6 servings.  Preparation time: 20 mins

 

An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.

 

*Optional cooked meat: Add 3 grilled boneless chicken breasts cut into bite sized chunks. I also like to fry the breasts in a little olive oil with basil and oregano for this recipe when I choose to add meat.

 

An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.

 

Easy Calabrese Pasta Salad
Yield: 6 servings

Easy Calabrese Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 375 g of Pasta, I recommend Fusilletti, Fusilli or Rotini for this recipe.
  • 1/4 plus 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 50mL, 15mL
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 2 tbsp each, fresh chopped basil & oregano OR 1 1/2 dried basil and oregano
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large purple onion, Spanish Onion works just as well., cut in 1 cm slices.
  • 1 Sweet Pepper cored & seeded, Red is best, but yellow or green works too, coarsely chopped.
  • 1 can Diced Plum Tomatoes, 398 mL, Well Drained
  • 1/2 cup whole or sliced green olives.
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare Pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, minced garlic, herbs and ground pepper.
  3. In a large skillet sear onion and sweet pepper in remaining 1/4 tbsp of oil over med high heat, stirring several times until slightly soft.
  4. Add tomatoes to skillet and cook another 2 minutes until tomatoes are heated through.
  5. Remove skillet from burner and add vegetables to oil-herb mixture.
  6. Drain pasta, add to bowl with other ingredients.
  7. Toss with Feta and Olives. Add optional cooked meat* and combine well.
  8. Serve immediately or allow to cool and serve as a cold pasta.

Notes

Note: Do not season with salt as the olives and feta add more than enough salt to flavour this pasta! *Optional cooked meat: Add 3 grilled boneless chicken breasts cut into bite sized chunks. I also like to fry the breasts in a little olive oil with basil and oregano for this recipe when I choose to add meat.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

 

 

An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.

In the Summer this is great to make on the grill.

Just replace canned tomatoes with 4 fresh plum tomatoes.  Brush the tomatoes, onion and sweet pepper with olive oil and grill until browned and slightly soft.  Coarsely chop grilled vegetables and add to the oil-herb mixture.

 
An easy recipe fir Calabrese pasta salad! It is wonderful pasta dish served either warm or cool and it works as both a side dish or as a vegetarian entrée.

14 thoughts on “Calabrese Pasta Salad

  1. This looks delicious and I’m like you, I LOVE olives so will be adding them liberally to my portion as well. Think I’ll make this tomorrow with some grilled chicken…thanks for the recipe!

  2. I love the look of the salad except for the olives YUCK! However Forgetful Dad says you have his vote. I would take out the olives and eat everything else yummy! Great recipe!

    1. Awesome! Personally, I think the recipe is a bit stingy on the Olives and Feta so like I said, I add mine liberally! lol Glad you liked it and thanks for coming back to let me know!

  3. that looks sooo good, just maybe 6 mths hubby forced me to try an olive and I have been addicted to them ever since .

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