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Wacky Mac Pasta Salad

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This colorful, flavorful pasta salad makes a family-friendly side dish for any warm-weather gathering.

  • Servings: 6

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch medium asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 pound Wacky Mac spiral pasta
  • 1 bunch watercress (about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 pound red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat; generously salt water and return to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Add asparagus to boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer to ice-water bath to cool. Drain and cut on the bias into 1-inch pieces.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a second large pot of water to a boil over high heat; generously salt water and return to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

  3. Transfer pasta to a large bowl. Add asparagus, watercress, tomatoes, and lemon zest. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Top with feta and serve.

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  • chmurag
    4 SEP, 2011
    Very delicious and easy to make. On her show Martha recommended using arugula if watercress is unavailable. Some people might find that too bitter with the lemon juice and zest. Maybe baby spinach would be a better alternative.
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