#Pastapalooza 2015 is closed, but the benefits from the program continue. Thirty food banks across the nation received a total of $14,000 to help fight hunger. And thanks to the bloggers participating in this year’s Market Basket Challenges, we have five award-winning salads are special enough to play a starring or supporting role on your dinner table all year round.
1. Liz Mays from Lizventures – Garden Fresh Pasta Salad with Cilantro-Lime Drizzle (Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina).
Liz’s recipe is a tasty blend of garden- fresh ingredients like corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and herbs with rotini. It’s a light and satisfying salad for either lunch or dinner!
2. Brian Mellott from This Cookin’ Dad– Lemon Poblano Mac & Cheese (Feeding Greene with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank).
Brian won with his stovetop masterpiece Lemon Poblano Mac and Cheese. He paired elbows with savory Applewood smoked bacon, diced onions and poblano peppers, and lemon shandy beer to create a flavorful twist on a classic that’s sure to be a hit all year round!
3. Janet Bridge from The Captain’s Daughter – Fennel Pesto Pasta with Fennel, Roasted Tomato and Cannellini Salad (Second Harvest Food Bank, Northwest NC).
Janet created this mouthwatering Fennel Pesto Pasta recipe which features angel hair topped with mixed color tomatoes, dried apricots, cannellini beans and fennel.
4. Sarah Bates from The Chef Next Door– Chickpea Pasta Salad with Lemon-Chutney Dressing (Greater Lansing Food Bank, Lansing MI).
Sarah whipped up a sensational Middle Eastern-inspired salad featuring rotini, chick peas, pine nuts, mango chutney, lemons, ground cumin and other spices.
5. Kim Demmon from Today’s Creative Blog– Penne Primavera (Free Hot Soup – Vancouver, WA)
Kim’s recipe Penne Primavera combines penne rigate with basil pesto, crushed garlic, Italian sausages, fresh broccoli, carrots and cherry tomatoes. It’s destined to be a favorite for any pesto-lover!