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Smoked Gouda and Penne Pasta Salad

Photo: Ray Kachatorian
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
Talk to the folks at your local cheese counter about finding good smoked Gouda. There are some processed cheeses that look the part but lack the intense flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 pound smoked Gouda, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes preserved in olive oil, drained and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups arugula

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. Rub a medium nonreactive bowl with garlic halves, and add next 4 ingredients and cooked pasta. Mix well, and chill 1 hour before serving.