Spicy Pasta Salad With Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil

Spicy Pasta Salad With Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil

A dressing of mayonnaise, milk, vinegar and adobo sauce gives kick to this pasta salad. Toss in grape tomatoes, Gouda cheese and fresh basil.

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Serving size: 6
Calories per serving: 350

kosher salt
12 ounces mostaccioli or penne pasta
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup white vinegar, plus more if needed
freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons adobo sauces from a can of chipotles (or 1 minced chipotle)
1-10 ounce package grape tomato, halved lengthwise
1/2 pound smoked gouda cheese, cut into small cubes
24 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Drain and rinse under cold water until no longer hot; set aside.

Make the dressing: Mix the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper to taste and the adobo sauce in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, dressing, tomatoes and gouda. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed, and even an extra teaspoon or 2 of vinegar, if necessary. Stir in the basil at the end. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

Source: foodnetwork.com

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