Roasted Pepper and Basil Pasta Salad 6 Steps
Preheat oven to high broil. Place a large pot of salted water on the stove to boil. Remove seeds and core from red peppers. Lay flat with skin side facing up on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until the skin is completely black. Remove and seal foil around peppers. Set aside.
Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Rinse with cold water to cool and set aside in fridge.
Heat oil or butter over medium heat. Sauté diced onion for 5 minutes until translucent. Turn down heat and add garlic. Cook for another 5 minutes or until fragrant. Set in fridge to cool.
Chop scallions using both the white and green parts. Set aside. Remove skin from the peppers once they have cooled for at least 10 minutes in the tin foil -- the skin should peel off easily. Dice roasted peppers and set aside. Try to keep all the juices that run from the pepper while cutting/transferring it.
Blend together all ingredients for dressing. If you do not have a blender then chop basil finely and whisk all ingredients. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine the cold pasta, cold onion/garlic mixture, diced red peppers and scallion. Slowly add the dressing about 1 tablespoon at a time while tasting in between. You will likely have dressing left over -- keep this in the fridge for a fresh salad dressing or another pasta salad.