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Italian Orzo Pasta Salad

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A mandatory salad for picnics, tailgating, or summer bbq's. This salad is very light and full of flavor. The added mint gives it that little fresh taste.
Ingredients
  Minced shallot 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Yellow bell pepper 1 , core removed, seeds removed, and diced
  Minced fresh mint 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Shallot 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), minced
  Lemon juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), diced
  Lemon zest 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Black pepper 1 Pinch
  Orzo 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Yellow bell pepper 1 , core removed, seeds removed and diced
  Cucumber 1 , peel, slice in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and dice
  Ricotta cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Mint 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), minced (Use Fresh)
Directions

1. In a bowl combine the olive oil, shallots, lemon juice, garlic cloves, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Allow to sit for 1/2 hour.
2. In a pot bring salted water to a boil over high heat.
3. Stir in the orzo pasta and allow to cook for 10 to 13 minutes until al dente.
4. Strain the pasta and rinse briefly under cold water.
5. Place the pasta in a serving bowl and stir in the oil mixture. Combine well. Allow to cool to room temperature.
6. When the pasta has cooled add the yellow bell pepper, cucumber, ricotta cheese, and mint.
7. Combine well and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
8. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Mixing
Dish: 
Salad
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Pasta, Rice
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
6
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