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Weekend Recipe: Creamy Italian Pasta:

using Cardini's The Original Ceasar Dressing
By Expert Tips
Date: September 12 2015
Tags: recipe,
Editor Rating:
Italian pasta salad-2707

Pasta is so easy to prepare that it must be a regular option on the menu in any kitchen. Add in a cream-based sauce and you'll transform it into a smooth and rich concoction worth your calorie budget.


Serves: 4 as a side

Preparation Time: 25 minutes + cooling

Cooking Time: 12 minutes



2 cups wholemeal penne pasta

1 teaspoon salt

1 large zucchini, sliced into thin coins

½ cup frozen peas

200g tinned artichokes, drained and roughly chopped

¼ cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

¼ cup pitted mixed olives, sliced in half

¼ cup Cardini’s The Original Caesar Dressing





1.      Pour 1.5 litres of water into a large saucepan and add the salt. Bring the water to the boil and add the penne pasta. Check the packets instructions for required cooking time.  Cook the pasta until al dente. Add the frozen peas into the cooking pasta 3 minutes before it is finished.

2.      Once the pasta is cooked until al dente, drain the peas and pasta in a colander and place into a large salad bowl. Place the bowl of cooked pasta and peas into the fridge to cool.

3.      Heat a small pan over a medium heat, add a little olive oil and place in the coins of zucchini. Panfry the zucchini pieces until golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool.

4.      Remove the cooled pasta from the fridge and add in the fried zucchini pieces, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and olives.

5.      Drizzle over the Cardini’s The Original Caesar Dressing and toss to combine all of the ingredients. Serve the salad immediately or place back into the fridge until ready to serve. 


ABOUT Cardini’s, The Original Caesar Dressing:

This, now legendary salad, was created by Caesar Cardini, who ran Caesar’s Place in Tijuana, Mexico – a restaurant popular with Hollywood stars like Jean Harlow and Clark Gable during the Prohibition period of the 1920’s.

With all natural ingredients, no preservatives, no added sugar and less than 1g of carbohydrates per serving, Cardini’s ‘The Original Caesar Dressing’ delivers the true taste of Caesar Salad.

Cardini’s The Original Caesar Dressing is available nationally in Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other independent supermarkets, speciality delicatessens and fruiterers.

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