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pasta mista

Hi *waving* I’m Paula, I write a little blog about Italian food called bell’alimento. I was tickled when Jenna asked me if I’d stop by Eat Live Run with a dish just for y’all. Yes, although I cook Italian food, I’m also a Southern Girl and therefore say y’all. A lot ; ) After a lot of contemplation, okay it was down to pasta or Nutella, too bad I couldn’t somehow combine the two, KIDDING {well maybe LOL}, I decided that since spring is here {ehem supposedly because it’s darn cold here on the East Coast} I’d bring a pasta that just screams spring to me.

And voila, here she is, just for YOU. Ain’t she purty ; )

I have a confession, I kind of have an addiction to World Market, they have some of the most gaw-geous pastas lately, and this was one of them. It’s a brand called Azzurro and I’m smitten. It’s called Pasta Mista which translates to mixed pasta. They had a beautiful recipe right on the tag that I adored, so I tweaked it {I can’t help myself} and we ended up with a simple, dressing that is bursting at the seams with flavor.

If you have an aversion to raw garlic, just leave it out. Or you could smash the clove of garlic and let it permeate the dressing while the pasta is cooking and remove it before serving ; ) And if you can’t get your hands on this particular pasta, any short pasta would work in a pinch.

Thanks again, for letting me stop by! Hope to see you around ; )


Pasta Mista {Mixed Pasta}
serves 4
What you’ll need:

1/2 pound mixed pasta {I used Azzurro Pasta Mista}
1 pint cherry tomatoes – halved
2 tablespoons fresh basil – roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf Italian Parsley – roughly chopped
1 green onion – sliced {green portion only}

1 clove garlic – minced fine
1/2 cup green or black olives – pitted
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Parmigiano Reggiano – grated, to garnish

What to do:

1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. Follow pasta directions and cook until al dente. Drain.

2. WHILE pasta is cooking, into a serving bowl large enough to accommodate pasta, add: tomatoes, herbs, onion, garlic, and olives. Pour olive oil over and stir to combine. Set aside to the let the flavors meld.

3. When pasta has cooked, add to serving bowl, toss to combine. Check for seasoning, adjust if necessary {keeping in mind that the Parmigiano will add salt}. Garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano.

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  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 1, 2011 at 5:06 am

    paula, i LOVE all of your recipes…they never let me down! I am now on a hunt to find this fabulous pasta so i can make this dish 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    April 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

    That’s the prettiest pasta I’ve ever seen in my life!!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

    What a gorgeous plate! This looks and sounds delicious!!

  • Lesley Lifting Life
    April 1, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I LOVE the looks of that pasta, so colorful!! I’m gonna have to get myself to World Market now, ha.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    April 1, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I love this pasta! The colours, the shapes… it’s too pretty to eat! There is a specialty Italian grocery store near my house so I think I’m going to see if I can find anything like it next time I’m there. Great recipe!

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    April 1, 2011 at 5:32 am

    *grabs bag and runs out the door* You just gave me the best excuse to go to my favorite store in the world. The WORLD.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    April 1, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I’ve seen those types of pasta at TJ Maxx/Marshalls too. Just make sure they aren’t expired =)

  • Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    April 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I’m a German gal married to an Italian boy, so I’m always on the lookout for delicious, new pasta recipes. 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    April 1, 2011 at 5:52 am

    That pasta is so adorable! I wish there were World Markets near me — they all closed a few years ago!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    April 1, 2011 at 6:02 am

    That is the coolest looking pasta EVERRR!

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    April 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I admit I’m not the world’s hugest fan of pasta but that dish looks really yummy. Love the shapes and the bright colors!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged
    April 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Those colors and textures are GORGEOUS – I can only imagine how much more fun that would be to eat than some plain ol’ whole wheat linguine!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    April 1, 2011 at 6:07 am

    That pasta is so fun, and the dish looks so springy – love it!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 1, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Thanks Paula…love the “springyness” of this recipe. Great job!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 1, 2011 at 6:16 am

    This is such a pretty dish!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    April 1, 2011 at 6:25 am

    what beautiful pasta!!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    April 1, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Wow, that pasta looks beautiful. And I love World Market too. I wish we had them in NYC

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    April 1, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I love fancy pastas like that! They’re so delicious.

  • Ashley (whole-ier)
    April 1, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Oh I love World Market too- I bought the pastel pasta- too cute…

  • Jess
    April 1, 2011 at 6:41 am

    You can totally mix Nutella and pasta…Nutella raviolis!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    April 1, 2011 at 6:51 am

    The colors! I thought most of it was actually vegetables.

    And I agree with Jess – Nutella sauce? The new peanut sauce 🙂

  • Jess
    April 1, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I think I’m going to pop into World Market on my lunch break and buy a couple bags of that pasta. It’s so beautiful!!

    April 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

    this pasta is gorgeous!! i always want to buy it whenever i see it at WM, but wonder about the taste! you have convinced me to pick som up next time i’m there! great post!

  • Caroline
    April 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Wow! That pasta is so cool! I don’t really care much for pasta, but if it is rainbow colored – I think so!!!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    April 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Such a pretty dish!

  • Camille
    April 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Now this is a pasta I could get behind! Yum!

  • notyet100
    April 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

    looks so colourful,luv the shaded pastas

  • kate
    April 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

    That is some gorgeous pasta!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Oh Paula, you never cease to amaze me! These pastas are gorgeous!!

  • Angie
    April 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I’m looking at the photo, thinking, you’ve got Paula’s things! Then I see it’s Paula, so funny! Great recipe looks so good!

  • DessertForTwo
    April 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

    How fun & pretty (just like Jenna & Paula!) 🙂

  • Amanda
    April 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I am pretty sure this is the most beautiful pasta dish I have ever seen! Gorgeous! 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

    This is so pretty! I love how simple the recipe is. It’s definitely one I’m bookmarking.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    April 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

    That pasta is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  • Stace
    April 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

    This pasta looks beautiful, our local world market closed down 🙁 but I think i saw a similar type at Homegoods.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    April 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    This pasta is just screaming Easter and one of my favorite childhood (ok, still is..) cartoons, Rainbow Brite! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ruth
    April 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Oh how great! I will definitely have to try and find some of these for my other half who is a pasta monster!

  • Moni'sMeals
    April 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

    way too pretty to chow down on! THis is a meal you savor!

  • By the case
    April 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Those are probably the prettiest pasta i’ve ever seen! The shapes and colors are too cute. I wish I could get my hands on these cause my kids will definitely love them.

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    April 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    That pasta looks delicious!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    April 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The pasta looks yummy and I dig those cute shapes! It would be 4-year-old approved in my house 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Kristin
    April 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Yum! That looks so good.

  • Rachel Wilkerson
    April 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    That pasta is gorgeous! I wish the World Market right by me hadn’t just closed down. Will have to hunt for something equally special!

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    April 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    This is the perfect summer dish. I never thought of using that pasta. Sometimes the simplest things can amaze someone. Instead of using boring old rotini I’ll try something new next time!

  • Happy When Not Hungry
    April 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Great post Paula! Love the colors of that pasta. What a great dish! Definitely will have to grab some at World Market!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    April 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    That pasta looks amazing and so much fun!! To bad I can’t have gluten. :-/

  • staceyhealthylife
    April 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    That is the cutest most unique pasta I’ve ever seen.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    April 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    how pretty! i love the combination of colors and shapes!

  • Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous
    April 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    What a great pasta! I’m going to go over to my local World Market and see if I can find it!

  • JulieD
    April 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I adore Paula! Thanks for sharing such a beautifully simple recipe!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    April 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What awesome funky pasta. I love it!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    April 2, 2011 at 6:19 am

    That pasta is so fun and pretty! I especially love the multi color bow ties. Gorgeous! I want to find that right away. Thanks for sharing Paula!

  • Christina
    April 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for sharing! I LOVE the colorful bowties in the pasta. How cute!

  • Jenny
    April 2, 2011 at 7:08 am

    That is the most beautiful pasta I’ve ever seen! 🙂

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious
    April 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

    That pasta is soo cute! I love it, the colors are awesome.

  • Branden Rosenlof
    April 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    April 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    At first glance, I thought you blew up some penne pasta and added a bunch of veggies for it but upon further inspection, my mouth began to water for pasta mista!

  • Nelya
    April 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    That is the cutest pasta ever! I didn’t know there were so many fun colors and shapes.