Acini di pepe [ah-CHEE-nee dee-PAY-pay] are tiny pasta rounds resembling peppercorns. Use ditalini (very short tube-shaped macaroni) or any other small pasta shape if you can't find acini di pepe in your supermarket. Serve with Asiago breadsticks.
6 ounces uncooked acini di pepe pasta (about 1 cup)
2 1/4 cups diced plum tomato (about 14 ounces)
1/3 cup capers, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup sliced pickled banana peppers
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 (16-ounce) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 ounce salami, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
Combine tomato and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add pasta to tomato mixture, tossing well to combine.
Asiago breadsticks: Combine 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl. Separate 1 (7-ounce) can refrigerated breadstick dough to form 8 sticks; roll each breadstick in cheese mixture. Bake according to package directions.
Forgot the beans! Was vey good and much better than usual pasta salads. Subbed jalapeños for bananas. Would definitely make again. Next time will try subbing mozzarella for the jack. Definitely Italian sub flavor going on!
disappointing after reading all the reviews, and it took longer to prepare than I thought. I took other's advice and served on a bed of romaine heart lettuce and used both salami and chicken breast slices on top. Hoped it would taste better on day 2, as leftovers but not. Think it needs more and/of different seasonings, to make it 'pop' somehow?
This was very flavorful and easy! I made it for a quick lunch for myself, but based on the results I will be making this for family and friends. For the most part I followed the recipe; however, I only had sliced salami (for sandwiches) and chopped that up. I think bigger chunks of salami would be better. I think it would be fine without the salami, too. Definitely a keeper!
Yum yum! I usually skip the salami and add artichoke and cucumber. I have also used whole wheat spaghetti broken into small pieces in place of the acini de pepe. Turns out great and I appreciate that the recipe is versatile. I have a feeling I will be making many variations of this in the future!
I LOVE this dish. I've made it many times and I never tire of it. I use reduced fat cheese and I add extra banana peppers (I like the bite). I usually eat this as a main dish, but we've also used it on the side with grilled meats. Making it this year to put on the Easter buffet.
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