A few weeks ago, several Boston area mom bloggers and I were challenged to develop a few recipes using Lawry's Seasonings and Marinades. Our specific task was to make a meal that would be great for large groups. We all gathered in my kitchen (which was about 95 degrees thanks to a major heat wave) and put together a fabulous meal for all of us. And, lucky me – because I hosted, I got to have all of the yummy leftovers.
Karen and I choose to work together on the pasta salad, and we set out to make a healthy, tasty dish. Our Savory Whole Grain Pasta Salad rocked – although the other items cooked up by our team were completely delicious too. Here's our recipe – you can easily double or triple it if you are cooking for a large group. I think it would be great for a block party or potluck meal.
- 1/2 box of whole grain penne pasta
- 1/2 box of whole grain rotini pasta
- 4 to 6 whole white mushrooms, cleaned
- 1 small red pepper
- 1 small green pepper
- 4oz fresh Mozzarella cubed
- Small (2.25oz) can of sliced black olives
- 5 or more bacon slices, cooked (optional, but totally delicious!)
13 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt
4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
4 tsp mustard powder
Boil pasta according to package instructions. Rinse thoroughly in cold water and drain well. Wash peppers and mushrooms. Chop peppers, mushrooms, and previously cooked bacon into small bite size pieces. In a large pasta or salad serving bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cubed Mozzarella cheese, peppers, mushrooms, and bacon. Drain olives. Then add to contents of serving bowl. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing (olive oil, Lawry's seasonings, mustard powder, and red wine vinegar) and mix – add additional ingredients based upon your personal preference. Pour the dressing over the contents of the bowl. Toss until well blended. Chill in refrigerator prior to serving.
We found that this could easily serve 12 people as a side dish!
The other recipes made by our team were equally as fabulous. Kim, who can rock a grill like no one else I've ever seen, and Sarah made a tango rub with steak and chicken that was amazing. Niri and Charlene made some incredible spicy veggie puffs that I couldn't stop eating. Check out those links to see their recipes, and visit the Lawry's Let's Grill page or Facebook page for grilling tips (especially if you don't have Kim to grill for you).
The food was great, but nothing is better than getting together with a group of friends to hang out, even if it is in a 95 degree kitchen 🙂
Win it: Try out our recipes with a prize pack of Lawry's seasonings (includes 16oz Seasoned Salt, the Balsamic Herb Marinade, and the Seasoned Salt Marinade). To enter, just let me know what your favorite dish is for a large group! US Residents only. Giveaway ends 8/20/11 at 11:59pm ET.
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