get in mah belleh

i like the eating, i don't like the cooking.  sometimes i get lucky though and come up with something that's almost as easy to make as it is to eat.  enter this pasta salad.  i don't know if it has a name since i made it up.  chris and i ate some similar to this last month in an overpriced hipster cafe, and my taste buds fell in love.  my first attempt at making it was sort of bland, but i think i've nailed it down because the last two times i made it i couldn't get enough.  so i thought i'd share!

let's call it "overpriced hipster pasta salad."  you will need:
> 1.5 cups of uncooked pasta shells
> 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
> 3 TBSP olive oil
> 1-2 diced garlic cloves, depending on how much you like garlic
> 2 tsp dried basil
> as much asiago cheese as you want (i use about a handful because i love it)
> diced cherry tomatoes (as many as you want)

it's pretty self-explanatory from here, but for the sake of recipes, i should give more instructions!  boil the pasta and strain it.  in a large bowl add the cooked pasta, all of the ingredients and mix it all up!  this should chill for a few hours before serving because it tastes better cold, and the flavors have a chance to mix together better when it's chilling.

let me know if you try it, i'd love to hear what you think!

so this is the last day that i'll be blogging until about this time next week since chris and i are leaving for the beach for a few days.  well, if i decide not to wear sunblock and get sunburned to my bones (which i'm afraid to say has happened more than once) and i'm stuck inside because it hurts to stand up, then maybe i'll blog before we get back, otherwise, i'll see you in a week!


  1. Oooh, yum! I make something pretty similar, only I use feta cheese ;) And I totally am with you in loving to eat but hating to cook. Especially in the summer, when it's too hot to use the oven! Have fun at the beach!

  2. Pasta salads are my go-to! So simple but totally yum. Have fun at the beach, as a translucent person my thoughts are with you!

  3. yum, i love pasta dishes that are simple and easy to make! have fun on your trip, it sounds great but really any day relaxing by the beach is awesome! hope you don't get burnt! i know i have been there too!

  4. I'm going to try this! I never get big shells at the supermarket but now I want to. :) I am in a food rut. This should help. Thanks!

  5. I'll see you at the beach, buried under your towel so you'll sit on my face.*

    *Too far?

  6. That pasta salad looks delish! It makes me want to make some asap.
    Pasta salad is one of those dishes that you can try all kinds of flavor combos and they always work. Pasta salad = the perfect meal every time.

    Have a great time at the beach!

  7. These are cute photos! Looks yummy!!:)

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

  8. This needs to enter my face hole now. Thanks.

  9. that game sounds like a blast. I wish there was video of you two playing it together and coming up with the new lyrics. PS your overpriced hipster pasta salad sounds pretty yummy although I may not be cool enough to eat it.


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