Recipe: Orecchiette salad with grilled vegetables

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4D

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 6 minutes (for vegetables), plus time for pasta to cook

Serves 8

Grilling reduces the natural bitterness of radicchio. A splash of sweet balsamic vinegar balances it. Recipe adapted from www.foodnetwork.com by the Detroit Free Press.

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces orecchiette (about 2 cups)

1 small head radicchio, halved lengthwise and cored

2 small bulbs fennel, cored and cut into 1/4-inch wedges, plus 1/4 cup chopped fennel fronds

8 assorted baby bell peppers, halved and seeded

1/2 cup olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

3 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs). Drain and set aside.

Preheat a grill to medium-high. Place the radicchio, fennel wedges and bell peppers in a large bowl; drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill vegetables, turning occasionally, until charred and crisp-tender, about 4 minutes for the peppers and radicchio, 6 minutes for the fennel. Remove from the grill and let cool, then cut into small pieces. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Add the cooked pasta, cannellini beans, the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice and zest, parsley, balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine. Add the Parmesan shavings and fennel fronds and toss again gently. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 6 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Per serving: 304 calories (37 percent from fat ), 13 grams fat (3 grams sat. fat ), 37 grams carbohydrates, 13 grams protein, 467 mg sodium, 8 mg chol., 6 grams fiber

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