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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Pesto Gorgonzola Pasta Salad - Taste and Create

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pesto Gorgonzola Pasta Salad - Taste and Create

For this month's Taste & Create, I was paired with Marthe from Culinary Delights.  Marthe is a blogger living in the Netherlands and let me tell you, she has a ton of recipes on her site! I definitely had my work cut out for me when it came time to choose one to try for myself.

This recipe includes so many ingredients which are near and dear to my heart - pasta (naturally), gorgonzola, tomatoes, pesto...mmmmm....It was almost a no-brainer once I found it!

For the record, I made the following changes: I used a whole wheat pasta, and for some reason I couldn't find shallots when I was at the grocery story so I had to do without.  I'm sure that the shallots add a nice zing to the recipe and I definitely missed them in the finished product (recipe calls for 1 finely-diced shallot).

The supporting characters: 10 grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, cucumber, olive oil and pesto.

Mmmm...hello there, you creamy dreamy thing...

Tomatoes were quartered, cheese was diced and crumbled (1/4 cup was used), and 1/2 of the cucumber was diced.

2 dry cups of pasta was cooked, rinsed in cold water and drained well.

Pasta, veggies and cheese were mixed together.  Then I added 1 tbs of pesto...

...and a tbs of lovely, fragrant, wonderful olive oil.

Salt and pepper to taste, and here's the finished product!


This is really delicious - the contrast between the crunchy, fresh cucumber and creamy, pungent cheese? Unreal.

Now that I'm thinking about it, when I make this in the future (and I will...oh, I will), I might add a bit of lemon juice to it or maybe even a bit more pesto and finely chopped walnuts.

The possibilities are endless!


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Blogger Tiffanee said...

It looks delicious. I wonder how bleu cheese would taste in this recipe? Thanks for sharing.

April 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Blogger TS Hendrik said...

I love gorgonzola. Looks like a fantastic dish.

April 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-}
I sometimes think that I am the only person whom does not care for pesto. Am I? Do you know? I bet I could tweak this recipe somehow and not use pesto .... then again, my husband and a son would absolutely love it the way it is .. and then it wouldn't be a temptation to me o;-p

Speaking of tweaking, often green onions can be used in place of shallots.

Hope you weekend holds some special smiles!

April 24, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Blogger Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Sounds wonderful.....
Had a few hours to blog hop glad that I stopped here....Be sure and stop by and read about a miracle in our family....

April 24, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Anonymous bunny, The Paris House said...

wow this looks amazing, I love every ingredient you added!! Thanks for sharing.
Have a lovely Sunday

April 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Blogger Min said...

Looks great! I love gorgonzola, it's my favorite "blue" cheese. I have to stock up on shallots when I am in a different town, if I was out I'd probably use a green onion AND a clove of garlic, but I'd lightly saute them. I love that the rest of the veggies are uncooked. I'll have to try this.

April 25, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Blogger ~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Looks awesome and you are so right about endless possibilities. I'm making my own version as I type. Thanks for the idea!

April 25, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Blogger Marthe said...

This looks delish, glad you liked it!! I liked your stovetop Mac&Cheese, but I loved your Lemon Meringue Pie. My friend and I both ate two pieces for dessert!

April 25, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Blogger Debbie said...

Right up my alley!!!! I can tell that I would love this salad. I would definitely use the whole wheat pasta too, and the shallot...absolutely. I think I am going to try this one this week.

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April 25, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Blogger Denise said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow to say Hi! I am now a follower!

Stop by and enter my giveaway for Rachael Ray Bakeware:

April 26, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Anonymous Melissa said...

This looks amazing!!! For my personal preferences, I would probably exchange feta for gorgonzola. However, have you ever tried raspberry vinegarette with gorgonzola? The sweetness offsets the cheese's bitterness. It's fantastic. I would also consider exchanging the pests for the raspberry.

I love me some pesto!! and pasta, for that matter.

April 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

I LOVE feta and raspberry vinagrette! Funny story, there was a fantastic prepackaged salad at Wawa, of all places (a convenenience mini mart of sorts) and it had feta and chicken and dried cherries and walnuts - amazing. And I would get the rasp vinagrette to go with an be a happy girl. But they don't sell them anymore. I walked in one day recently, all set for one, and they've completely changed their salad selection.

Guess I'll have to, like, buy the ingredients or something.

April 27, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Blogger Tree said...

Hey! Thanks for linking up with me for Tasty Tuesday on Mother of Pearl It Is. This recipe looks AWESOME! I will definitely have to try it. :)

April 27, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Blogger Red Couch Recipes said...

I love the ingredients for this pasta so I am sure that I would love this. Yummy! Joni

April 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Blogger Holly said...

I love all of those ingredients and this recipe looks positively AWESOME!

Thanks for stopping by for SITS Day (last week)!

I am a new follower.

504 Main

April 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Blogger chubskulit said...

And it's healthy!

My first time joining Tasty Tuesday.

April 27, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Blogger smilinggreenmom said...

YUMMY!!! This looks so so good :) I love that you chose to use whole wheat pasta too bc our family has really revised how we eat and we love our whole grains. We recently tried a whole wheat pasta that was made from Kamut Khorasan Wheat and it was so good. I love how nutritious it is too and I cannot wait to try it in your recipe! Thanks!!

May 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM


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