Pasta Pepper Salad Jardiniere

 Serves 8

Ingredients

8 ounces uncooked rotelle (corkscrew) pasta

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 large red onion, sliced

1 medium zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

1 medium yellow squash, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

2 large cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1-3/4 teaspoons salt, divided

2 cups loosely packed, fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup pickled banana pepper rings

2 large tomatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks or 1 pint cherry tomatoes, each cut in half

Instructions

Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add onion, zucchini, squash, garlic, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until vegetables are tender-crisp, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 8 minutes.

In blender or food processor, blend basil leaves, pickled banana pepper rings,
1 tablespoon oil and 3/4 teaspoon salt until smooth.

In large bowl, toss pasta, cooked vegetables, basil mixture and tomatoes until well mixed.