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Portobello & Asparagus Pasta Salad (Pre-Yom Kippur)
Portobello & Asparagus Pasta Salad (Pre-Yom Kippur) Eileen Goltz | Pareve
2 hours 25 minutes
1 hour
35 minutes

An effortless stick to your ribs side dish that’s great to have before a fast.

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 1½ cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 3 cups cooked penne pasta
  • 4 Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 1½ cups white wine
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic

Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Chop the tomatoes. Place the cooked pasta and tomatoes in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil and salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the pasta and tomatoes and set aside.
  3. Slice mushroom into thin strips; trim and chop the asparagus. In a skillet saute the mushrooms, asparagus, and garlic in the 2 Tablespoons of olive oil until they are just soft, about 3 or 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add wine. Allow to cook until wine has cooked down and reduced to just a few Tablespoons.
  4. Pour the mixture over the pasta and tomatoes and toss gently.
  5. Allow the salad to marinate for at least one hour and serve cold, or reheat.

Kashrut Instructions

GREEN ASPARAGUS:

DESCRIPTION: Asparagus contains beetles and thrips. Thrips are primarily found under the triangle scales and somewhat less frequently in the tips of the asparagus.

INSPECTION:

  1. Shave down the floret at the asparagus tip.
  2. Remove the triangle parts along the side of the asparagus. (A potato peeler is recommended.)
  3. Wash thoroughly.

When prepared in this manner, special inspection is not necessary.

PORTABELLO MUSHROOMS:

  • Portobello mushrooms should be checked in the following manner:
    1. Remove stem from mushroom cap.
    2. Examine the detached stem for any sign of worms.
    3. Taking hold of the mushroom cap, scoop out the entire brown fan-like under-part of mushroom.
    4. Wash thoroughly.