by Texas Homesteader ~
So… Y’all know earlier this week I shared with you my procedure for making Herb-Bombs – ice-cube sized bundles of deliciousness that include chopped fresh herbs and garlic from my garden topped with olive oil & frozen in an ice cube tray.
I’ve used these Herb-Bombs to quickly & easily make my brown rice much more flavorful.
But today I’m going to be making pasta salad. During these dog days of summer I’m always looking for cooler dining choices that don’t require lots of time in the kitchen.
BOOM! Enter this pasta salad made super-fast with my premade Herb Bombs made with olive oil & fresh herbs & frozen into cubes!
I’d already made two different kinds of Herb-Bombs. One kind was made with rosemary, garlic, thyme, basil & sage.
And I’ve made another Italian-flaired one with heavier garlic & basil and including some of my dehydrated tomato powder stirred in. Let’s see how this pasta salad thing goes…
Making a Basic Pasta Salad
I pulled out about 3 cups of dried rotini pasta. It was tricolored – I love this pasta. It’s colorful and fun. And it cooks in only 7 minutes.
So I put on some salted water to boil. Once it was boiling I poured in my pasta, stirring well.
When the water returned to a boil I set my timer for 7 minutes and stirred the cooking pasta occasionally to make sure it didn’t stick.
When the cooking time was done I poured the pasta into a strainer. Then I transferred the hot pasta to a bowl and stirred in a couple of flavor bombs. Those frozen cubes melted into the hot pasta and added quite the explosion of flavor.
(deep breath…) Oh. My. Goodness. The aroma going on in my kitchen was amazing. As the herb bombs melted they added a touch of olive oil as well as all those fresh minced herbs.
I tasted the pasta salad and thought it would do quite well as a basic stand-alone pasta salad as-is.
Delicious & Colorful Veggie Add-Ins
But I had a some fresh garden tomatoes just begging to be used. Now my mama always told me presentation is half the dish, and mama’s always right! I knew the bright red tomatoes would not only be tasty but also add some color.
So I chopped up one of those bright red orbs of summer and stirred it into the pasta. It gave my pasta salad just a little more taste of summer.
But what about cucumbers? I’ve planted heirloom pickling cucumbers and they’re actually producing very well.
Nothing feels quite as cool on a hot summer day as a crisp cucumber. So I chopped up a cucumber harvested fresh off the vine and stirred it into my pasta salad as well. DELICIOUS!
I also added a couple of drops of lemon juice to give my salad a little citrus kick. But these are all only additions I made to suit our tastes. In my opinion this pasta salad is a winner either way!
I love that you can go as basic or as *WOWSER* as you like with this salad. And it doesn’t take much time at all in the kitchen.
If you want it’s delicious on its own and you can serve it as-is. Or if desired you can chop up whatever veggies you have in your garden that would go well in a pasta salad. I’m thinking purple onion would be delish stirred into this salad too. Whaddya think??
Without further adieu, here’s my Quick Pasta Salad recipe. Give it a try, I know your family will love it as much as we do.
Cold Pasta Salad Made FAST With Herb-Bombs
When it's hot outside you want something cool to go with supper. Check out this quick-n-easy pasta salad!
- 3 cups dry rotini pasta
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 Herb-Bombs (or minced fresh herbs & olive oil)
- Enough water to cover pasta
Bring salted water to a boil. Add dry pasta and stir thoroughly. When water returns to a boil, continue boiling pasta uncovered for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Strain cooked pasta in a mesh colander and place hot pasta in a bowl.
Add about 1 Herb-Bomb per about 1.5 cups dry pasta, or to your taste. (I used two Herb-Bombs for three cups of dry rotini pasta) If desired you can substitute herb bombs with minced fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary & oregano and a splash of olive oil.
Stir to thoroughly coat pasta - may add a few drops of lemon juice to add a little acidity. Chopped tomatoes are a nice stir-in, and chopped cucumbers go well too.
Other Side Dishes We Love
- Rosemary Rice
- Buttered Rice w/Fresh Sage & Garlic
- Cilantro-Lime Rice
- Ranch-Style Beans
- RancherMan’s Green-Bean Casserole
- Roasted Vegetables
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Fried Okra Mix
- Fried Okra Fritters
- Homemade Cottage Cheese
- Deviled Eggs With a KICK!
- Tri-Colored Homemade Pasta
- Pasta Salad FAST
- Rosemary Skillet Bread
- Fun Flavor Variations For Plain Pinto Beans
…and MANY MORE!
C’mon by & sit a spell! Come hang out at our Facebook Page. It’s like sitting in a front porch rocker with a glass of cold iced tea – lots of good folks sharing!
You can also follow along on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.
To receive an email when a new blog post goes live it’s EASY to
Subscribe to our blog!