I'm not a fan of following recipes, I'm also not a fan of the usual. I like to create new combinations that fit my lifestyle (veggie) and preference, and sometimes that means grabbing some ingredients from the kitchen and seeing what happens! I decided to do just that this weekend, and this is what I came up with... perfection! Sorry, but I am bragging. It was amazing, and now you can make it, too!
Here's what you'll need:
- Asparagus- 1 bunch
- Cherry Tomatoes- 2 cups
- Spinach- 1/2 a bag
- Pasta- whole package (no enriched macaroni crap- not even sure what that is, but I'm pretty sure it's poison and GMOed as all get out)
- Dill- adjust to taste
- Garlic Powder- adjust to taste
For the Sauce:
- Ranch- 1/4 cup
- Italian- 3 tbsp
- Worcestershire- 1 tbsp
- Dill- adjust to taste (I LOVE dill, so I add a lot)
First things first, wash all your produce, and then cut the asparagus into little bits, about an inch or so.
I had some leftover yellow tomatoes that looked a little sad, so I added them to the mix, but you can just cut up another half a cup of red tomatoes to add to the steamed mixture.
Add the asparagus and half a cup of tomatoes (whatever color you choose) to your pan, and then I added enough water to just cover the bottom of the pan, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 a cup, depending on the pan. I also added the garlic powder and dill during this step.
While the veggies were steaming, I made the sauce, and it's as simple as combining the ingredients and stirring them a little.
Once the pasta was ready, I drained it, put it in my BPA-free plastic bowl (use it for all my salads), and then placed it in the freezer for 5 minutes just to cool down the pasta before I combined everything.
I didn't pay attention to time, but I watched the steamed veggies, stirring occasionally, and then added the spinach on top. I just let the rising steam cook the spinach (with the lid on to trap the steam). Once the spinach starts to cook and get soft, then I stirred everything together.
Once everything is done, just combine the steamed veggies, fresh tomatoes (the other 1 1/2 cups), sauce, and pasta, stir them together, chill and serve! This really turned out to be one of the best pasta salads I've ever made, and I'm so glad I had the foresight to photograph it!
I hope you enjoy this recipe!