Thursday, June 9, 2011

Asian Bowtie Pasta

I love pasta salads.  They are so versatile.  You can eat them hot, room temperature, or cold.  For my joint birthday BBQ with my friend Leslie I knew I had to make this pasta salad.  

Now if you ask my mom she would tell you that I am a pretty good cook, until it comes to Chinese food.  I say it's not my fault because Chinese food is a art and let me tell you I am not artist.  If you ask a Chinese person for a recipe this is usually their response, "oh just put a little of salt and little of soy sauce and what ever will make it taste good".  That my friend is not a recipe.  Needless to say I hardly ever ask my mom for recipes even though she is a pretty awesome cook.  What will my poor Chinese kids eat?  This salad!  
Okay unlike most Chinese cooks I actually have listed ingredients.  Maybe I am a "banana" like those kids in high school use to call me.  Whatever!  I like instructions.

1 lb farfalle (bowtie) pasta
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, cut julienne
1 cup of green onions diced
2-3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
3 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
Pepper to taste
3 cups washed baby spinach
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (optional but highly recommended)

1.  Boil and cook pasta according to directions.  Drain pasta and set aside.
2.  Use small pot to heat oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and rice wine vinegar over low heat until honey is dissolved.  Remove from heat and toss in the pasta.
3.  Add the bell peppers, chicken, green onions, pepper, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes.  Toss well to coast all ingredients.
4.  Before serving, toss the pasta with the spinach.

Pasta can be served chilled or warm at room temperature.  

This bowtie pasta salad was a hit at the BBQ.  I made a pretty big tray of it and by clean up time it was all gone.  Even had people ask for the recipe.  I call that a hit!  The husband even asked me to make it a few days later after the party because he didn't get much of it at the BBQ.  


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