Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Serves 8 to 10

Inspired by a prepared salad at Whole Foods



  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 tsp.)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach, washed and stemmed
  • 2 small jarred roasted red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pound smoked mozzarella cheese, diced

Combine the Parmesan cheese, parsley, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper with a hand mixer or in the bowl of food processor or in a blender until the dressing is smooth.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain the pasta into a colander, run cold water over it or submerge it in ice water until chilled through, and drain well. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, spinach, roasted red peppers, and smoked mozzarella.

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