Spicy Chipotle-Gouda Pasta Salad

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Spicy Chipotle-Gouda Pasta Salad
This Spicy Chipotle-Gouda Spring Pasta Salad is light and fresh and is just the ticket to grace your table on a warm day. The chipotle dressing adds a quintessential southwestern flair that gives a nod to the Arizona desert where our heritage durum is grown. While our Dried Pasta Flower are a seasonal offering available only in the Spring, our Dried Pasta Fusilli would be a great stand in as well.

What You'll Need

For the salad:

1/2 lb (8 oz) Hayden Flour Mills Flowers Dried Pasta (half the contents of one box of Flowers Pasta)

4-6 oz smoked gouda, cubed

1 bunch asparagus

3 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved

1/2 cup chopped basil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing:

1 tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo (sauce only)

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 - 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon water (to thin, optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare dressing by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Prepare the asparagus: remove woody ends, then blanch the spears by adding them to a pot of salted, boiling water. Boil until crisp but tender, about 2-5 minutes, depending on thickness of the spears. Transfer to an ice bath and then to your cutting board, trimming them down into 2-inch pieces.

  3. Prepare pasta to package directions. Once drained, transfer to a large bowl. Add gouda, asparagus, tomatoes, dressing, and most of the basil (leaving a bit for garnish). Toss gently. Season to taste.

  4. Top with the remaining chopped basil.

  5. Share & enjoy!

Makes 2 large bowls.

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