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Caesar Pasta Salad

Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield Serves 4
Make a creamy Caesar salad dressing and add to cooked fusilli pasta, along with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, for a flavorful side dish pasta salad.

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 12 ounces curly pasta, such as fusilli
  • 1 1/2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 9 flat anchovies, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 10 cup chopped green leaf lettuce
  • Chopped fresh basil, optional

Nutrition Information

  • calories 628
  • fat 31 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • protein 18 g
  • carbohydrate 71 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • sodium 985 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, about 10 minutes, or as package label directs.

  2. While pasta is cooking, combine garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, mayonnaise, olive oil and 3/4 tsp. salt in a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Drain pasta. Toss with half of dressing and tomatoes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Toss with Parmesan.

  4. Toss lettuce with remaining dressing and divide among 4 shallow bowls. Spoon pasta salad over lettuce, sprinkle with basil, if desired, and serve.