Prep Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Step 2

Combine tomato and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add pasta to tomato mixture, tossing well to combine.

Step 3

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Joydriven's Review

June 10, 2012
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!

jewel104's Review

May 12, 2010
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?

akdb69's Review

April 19, 2009
Tasty. We had to use ditalini pasta, as there was no acini de pepe. I am assuming it's light because it's not drenched in sauce, but it doesn't have to be, with the beans and capers and all.

loddiedoddie's Review

May 31, 2009
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!

mmeboyer's Review

October 08, 2014
I use pepperjack cheese and a bit more salami, but hubby and I think that makes it perfect. Our mayonnaise-averse son agrees -- it's the only pasta salad he actually enjoys.

crusnock's Review

February 27, 2010
We doubled the salami and cheese, but other than that, made it as is. Surprisingly delicious! Great alternative to mayo-based pasta salad!

jumaha20's Review

August 02, 2010
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!

cranichik's Review

June 13, 2009
Very good. I omitted the salami and added more cheese. BTW, I used monterey jack w/peppers for extra spice.

plaidette's Review

September 11, 2012

CaliMommy's Review

March 28, 2010
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.