A few weeks ago, I saw this picture on another blog ...
The picture wasn't captioned, and I have absolutely no idea where the blogger got it from - but I was in love at first sight! Tomatoes and mozzerella? Sold! But without a recipe, I decided to make my own.
First, I gathered up my ingredients.
3/4 lb. Penne Pasta
12 oz. Jar of Artichoke Hearts
1 Pint of Baby Tomatoes
8 oz. Mozzerella
1/4 tsp. Oregano
1/4 tsp. Basil
1/2 Bottle of Italian Dressing (not pictured, but I used the Stop&Shop Brand)
I cooked the pasta, rinsed it with cold water, and then set in the fridge to cool for 1 hour.
Then, I drained the artichoke hearts, halved the tomatoes, diced the mozzerella, and set it all to the side to wait for the pasta to cool.
Once the pasta was cooled, I mixed in the artichoke hearts, tomatoes and mozzerella. Then I sprinkled the top with oregano and basil, and finally, mixed in half of the bottle of Italian dressing.
This the perfect lunch side, but it also makes a great dinner. Or snack. Or any other meal. I swear, it really is that good. It stores in the refrigerator and, since it is eaten cold, you don't have to worry about needing to heat it up - it is perfect as is!