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Monday, August 09 2010


  • 2    red and/or yellow sweet peppers
  • 2    Japanese eggplants, halved lengthwise
  • 2  medium  zucchini or yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise, or 8 to 10 yellow sunburst or pattypan squash*
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 2  cups  dried tortiglioni or rigatoni
  • 3  tablespoons  balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  water
  • 1  teaspoon  bottled roasted minced garlic
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  pepper
  • 3/4  cup  cubed fontina cheese (3 ounces)
  • 1  to 2 tablespoons  snipped fresh Italian parsley or parsley


1. Halve sweet peppers lengthwise; remove and discard stems, seeds, and membranes. Brush sweet peppers, eggplants, and zucchini with the 1 tablespoon oil. To grill, place vegetables on the grill rack directly over medium-hot coals. Grill, uncovered, for 8 to 12 minutes or until vegetables are tender, turning occasionally. Remove vegetables from grill; cool slightly. Cut vegetables into 1-inch pieces.

2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. For dressing, in a screw-top jar combine balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar, olive oil, water, bottled roasted minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake well.

3. Drain pasta. Rinse with cold water; drain again. In a large bowl combine pasta and grilled vegetables. Pour dressing over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Stir in cheese; sprinkle with parsley. Makes 4 servings.

*Note: If using sunburst or pattypan squash, precook for 3 minutes in a small amount of boiling water before grilling.

Make-Ahead Tip: Cut up cheese; wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Prepare dressing; cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator about 15 minutes before tossing with salad.

nutrition facts

  • Calories 369, 
  • Total Fat (g) 19, 
  • Saturated Fat (g) 6, 
  • Cholesterol (mg) 61, 
  • Sodium (mg) 317, 
  • Carbohydrate (g) 40, 
  • Fiber (g) 5, 
  • Protein (g) 12, 
  • Vitamin A (DV%) 38, 
  • Vitamin C (DV%) 113, 
  • Calcium (DV%) 12, 
  • Iron (DV%) 18, 
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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