Penne Pasta Salad With Roasted Red Peppers and Fresh Basil

Recipe by Highland Lass
READY IN: 3hrs 40mins




  • Slice peppers into ¼” wide strips, lengthwise. Place strips in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon rind, salt and pepper.
  • Toss dressing with the red pepper strips.
  • Stack the basil leaves on top of one another and roll up. Slice the leaves crosswise into thin ribbons. This is called a “chiffonade” in case you want to impress your friends.
  • Toss the basil leaves with the peppers. Set aside to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Cook the pasta al dente in large pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoons each salt and olive oil. Drain, rinse briefly and cool to room temperature.
  • Combine pasta with marinated peppers and dressing.
  • Add crumbled feta cheese. Taste and adjust salt, add liberal grindings of black pepper.
  • Cool salad in fridge 1-2 hours before serving or salad may be chilled overnight and brought to room temperature 1 - 2 hours before serving.
  • Garnish with basil chiffonade.