Tonawanda News


July 14, 2013

SIMPLY GLUTEN-FREE: Minestrone: from soup to summer salad

Tonawanda News — I know that minestrone is a soup. It is a lovely soup. And I love soup. But I also love salad so I thought, “minestrone salad – why not?” Why not indeed! 

This gluten-free soup-turned-salad recipe takes advantage of the abundance of summer vegetables available right now. Zucchini, corn, tomatoes and basil — does it get any more summery than that? 

Since this pasta salad is mayonnaise-free, it is good for taking to cookouts and picnics without the fear of poisoning your diners. It can be served right after making (great for a quick mid-week meal) or you can make it ahead of time and serve it chilled. 

This recipe makes a ton of salad, so if you don’t have a crowd to feed, feel free to cut the recipe in half. But you should know that it tastes even better the day after you make it or the day after that. It is great as a side to roasted chicken, burgers or whatnot and also makes for a lovely vegan main dish. 

I like to use rotini pasta because I love the way the veggies nestle into the curlicues of the pasta. You can use a different type of gluten-free pasta if you like, such as elbow noodles or bowtie pasta. 

So who says minestrone can only be soup? Not me

Gluten-free minestrone pasta salad

1 pound brown rice vegetable rotini pasta

2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil 

1 yellow or white onion, diced 

2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 

2 medium zucchini, diced 

2 ears of corn, kernels cut off 

4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced 

2 cans white or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 

2 teaspoons salt 

1 teaspoon pepper 

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 

1 cup basil leaves

Cook the pasta in heavily salted water according to the package directions. Rinse the pasta first with hot water and then with cold water. Set aside. 

Text Only
  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Rewards for playing nice

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE signs of spring 1 032314.jpg Region's favorite signs of spring gear up for season

    Ah, the signs of spring: The birdsong, the flowers, the green grass, the flowing waters of the Erie Canal or Niagara River ... and the words “Opening soon” on the marquee of your favorite seasonal business.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo