Spinach Pasta Salad


Ifound this recipe in one of my gazillion cookbooks ~ Settings Sunrise to Sunset ~ it’s just a little bit different from most pasta salads, it’s easy to make, and delicious to boot.  I would think that you could use any type of pasta that you liked.  The original recipe called for spinach fusilli but I used the three color rotini instead and it worked great.  I adapted the recipe to make it easier to put together.

Spinach Pasta Salad Added

Spinach Pasta Salad

1 pound pasta of your choice ~ I used three color rotini
1/4cup chopped red onion
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 cup ripe olives
3 cups spinach, sliced into ribbons
12 ozs. feta cheese

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsps red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box and drain well. Add the onion, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and spinach and toss to mix the ingredients. Combine the dressing ingredients and whisk to blend well. Pour over the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the top and mix lightly.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Happy Cooking!

My Signature

Cheese Stuffed Chipotle Burgers


These are SPICY!  I am not a fan of eating something that makes my mouth burn BUT I loved these.  I love chipotles and they really give the burgers tons of flavors.  Since this is a huge burger, you really need only one per person ~ in fact, I ate about half and was full.  If you like spice, give them a try!


Cheese Stuffed Chipotle Burgers

1 (7 ounce) can chipotles in adobo sauce, undrained
2 lbs ground beef
2 tsps steak seasoning
1/2 (10 ounce) pkg Cheddar cheese (I used the cheese that already comes cut into small pieces ~ Cracker Barrel, I think)
4 burger buns

Empty can of chipotles into a small food chopper or processor or blender and process until smooth.

Combine 4 tsps of the chipotle puree, ground beef and steak seasoning in a large bowl until combined. Do not over mix or your burgers will be tough. Shape mixture into 8 patties, roughly the same size. Place 1 slice of cheese on 4 patties. Place a patty on top of each slice of cheese and press edges to seal. Chill for 30 minutes or so.

Make an indent in the top burger with your thumb so you won’t get that burger bump.  Grill until cooked to your desired degree of doneness.

Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

Makes 4 burgers.

Happy Cooking!