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Smoked Pasta Salad

Prep Time

30 Minutes

Cook Time

20 Minutes

Effort

Pellets

Apple

We’re adding some wood-fired flavor to this picnic classic. Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, peppers, and salami get a kiss of Traeger smoke before getting tossed with pasta in a light, Italian vinaigrette.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

Units of Measurement:

main

  • 8 Ounce mozzarella cheese

  • 1 Pound spicy salami like capocollo, soppressata or pepperoni

  • 1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers, sliced

  • 3 Cup Cherry tomatoes, sliced

  • 3/4 Cup black olives

  • 1/4 Cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • Jarred Pepperoncini Peppers, thinly sliced

  • 1 Pound Rotini Pasta

  • 1/2 Cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 Clove garlic, minced

  • 1 Tablespoon honey

  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, finely crumbled

  • black pepper

  • kosher salt

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.
  • 2

    Place all ingredients except the pasta on a sheet tray. Place tray on grill and smoke for 10 minutes. Remove from grill and set aside.

    Grill180 ˚F

    Ingredients

    • 8 Ounce mozzarella cheese

    • 1 Pound spicy salami like capocollo, soppressata or pepperoni

    • 1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers, sliced

    • 3 Cup Cherry tomatoes, sliced

    • 3/4 Cup black olives

    • 1/4 Cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

    • 1 red onion, diced

    • To Taste Jarred Pepperoncini Peppers, thinly sliced

  • 3

    Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add a large spoonful of salt to the water. Stir in the dried pasta and cook according to package instructions for al dente.

    Ingredients

    • 1 Pound Rotini Pasta

  • 4

    While the pasta is boiling, whisk all the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a small bowl and set aside.=

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 Cup red wine vinegar

    • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

    • 3 Clove garlic, minced

    • 1 Tablespoon honey

    • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, finely crumbled

    • To Taste black pepper

    • To Taste kosher salt

  • 5

    Drain the pasta, and rinse with cold water in a colander. Shake off the excess water and place the pasta in a large mixing bowl.
  • 6

    Chop all the salad ingredients. Place all ingredients into mixing bowl with pasta. Pour the vinaigrette over the top and toss well to coat. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • 7

    Place in refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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