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Vegan Italian Pasta Salad with Vegetables and Olives

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"A classic vegan pasta salad from Italy's Southern regions consisting of sauteed vegetables and dressed with a vegan olive-based sauce."
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2 h 20 m servings 405
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fusilli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. Mix to coat and set aside.
  2. Combine pitted olives, parsley, capers, red pepper flakes, 1/2 of the garlic, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil in a mini food processor. Blend to create a rough, runny paste. Set dressing aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Saute eggplant until tender and browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. Add remaining extra-virgin olive oil and saute zucchini until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to soak any excess oil.
  4. Cook bell pepper, onion, and remaining 1/2 of the garlic in the same skillet until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and heat until they begin to blister. Return eggplant and zucchini to the skillet and mix to combine. Remove from heat and transfer vegetables to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Mix pasta and dressing with the vegetables; toss to coat. Add more olive oil if necessary. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 405 calories; 13.8 61.9 11.6 0 255 Full nutrition

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