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Jul 18, 2006 07:36 PM

Main Dish Cold Pasta ideas

with all this heat I'm looking for a pasta dish that is good cold- but more like a main dish (most of my recipes are more like side dishes). I tried one once that I loved -angel hair with pine nuts, dried apricots & some other stuff, but it was so long ago that I have no recollection of what else was in it. any good ones out there?

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  1. I think I've got one somewhere that involves sliced bell peppers, olives, and cubes of ham and cheese tossed with spiral-type noodles (fusilli?). I have no recollection of what sort of "dressing" it called for, but a vinaigrette would probably work dandy with that. It was definitely substantial enough for a main course.

    1. I like orzo with a nice variety of vegetables as a main-dish salad in summer. This is one example:

      The version I like has all kinds of veggies in season - favorites are snow peas, bell peppers, grape tomatoes - plus feta or some other cheese, olives and a nice vinaigrette dressing. You can make it more substantial with cold chicken or shrimp.

      1. I am one of the much maligned carb counters and something I have discovered is that pasta salads made with Dreamfields products make a superior pasta salad. They do not absorb as much moisture as regular mainstream pastas do. They remain firm to the tooth even after a couple of days and do not get flabby. This doscvery is making my hot hot hot summer much better. Big relief coming a high on Sat. of 75 and humidity of at most 30%. Wow! Anyone have some suggestions for a cold Indiana summer recipe?

        1. sichuanese sesame noodles.
          vietanamese vermicelli (banh mi?)
          linguine w/pesto, potatoes, and peas or snap peas.
          pad thai (room temp.)

          1. This is one of my favorites - I actually crave it in the winter. It's best with the Italian tuna in olive oil. You basically put the ingredients together and let them sit at room temp for an hour, then toss with pasta - good warm or cold.