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The Perfect Holiday Potluck Dish
Since the holidays call for lots of parties, whether with friends, family, or co-workers, there are potlucks galore! I love potlucks; getting to try lots of different foods, and often times getting a taste of people’s homemade dishes. However, aside from desserts, there aren’t very many potluck-friendly dishes that are festive holiday-inspired entrees. Since I consider myself a foodie, always in search of unique dishes, I decided to concoct a high-quality ingredient Christmas potluck entree. (It is sure to impress your friends and co-workers)
I wanted to create a dish that could be served cold, since that’s easiest for a holiday potluck, so I decided to make a holiday pasta salad. When I went out shopping, I picked up a box of Barilla Penne pasta. Barilla is one of my go-to brands when buying pasta, since it is super affordable, yet made with simple, high quality ingredients (my readers know, my philosophy with food is that simpler is better).
While I was shopping, I continued to brainstorm of how I could turn a traditionally summer-time cold pasta salad into a holiday dish! I knew I wanted to incorporate winter-time ingredients like cranberries and pine nuts, and as the festive finishing touch, wine! I thought it would be a great twist to make my pasta salad dressing from scratch using cranberries and a fruity, medium bodied wine like Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon.
- 1 box of Barilla Penne Pasta
- 8 cups of water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1/2 cup canned whole cranberries
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup of pine nuts
Step 1. Bring eight cups of water to a boil. It helps to bring it to a boil faster by adding a bit of olive oil and salt.
Step 2. While waiting for your water to boil, rinse and finely chop your head of brocolli. It should be very small pieces, as pictures below.
Step 3. Once your water comes to a boil, add in your box of Barilla penne pasta. Cook for 11 minutes for traditional Italian al dente.
Step 4. Make your pasta sauce! Pour 1/2 cup of your Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon into a saucepan, and simmer for about 5-6 minutes to reduce the wine. Remove pan from heat to cool.
Step 5. Mix the wine, yogurt, and cranberries together well to make your pasta sauce.
Step 7. Drain your pasta, and mix in a large bowl with your broccoli, pine nuts, and sauce until evenly distributed.
Holiday Potluck Pasta Salad
I love that this holiday potluck pasta salad is so simple, yet delicious in flavor. And it is especially easy to re-create since Barilla pasta and Clos du Bois are affordable, without sacrificing quality – that is definitely a plus! So go ahead and pop open a bottle of Clos du Bois and indulge in this delicious dish!
Comment or tweet to me to let me know if you will be re-creating this dish for your holiday potlucks! And be sure to Tweet your creations to @BarillaUS and @ClosduBois If you have a favorite dish or recipe you love to use Barilla pasta for, I would love to hear from you, too! You can learn more about Barilla and Clos du Bois products by visiting http://cbi.as/5sf3u or at Barilla’s Pinterest, as well as get more recipe inspiration at http://cbi.as/5laxq .