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French Pasta Salad
Ingredients Needed For French Pasta Salad
* 1/2 c hazelnuts; (2 oz.)
* 1 coarsely chopped
* 1 lb dried penne or ziti Pasta
* 12 oz green beans; (3 cups)
* 1 ends trimmed and cut in half
* 2/3 c drained chopped jarred-pimientos
* 1 or roasted red peppers
* 2 tb chopped fresh parsley
* 1 tb drained capers; (optional)
* 1/2 c goat Cheese; crumbled (3 -oz.)

====for vinaigrette====

* 1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil or - vegetable; oil
* 1/4 c red wine vinegar
* 1 tb dijon mustard
* 1 lg shallot minced
* 2 ts chopped fresh tarragon
* 2 ts chopped fresh basil
* 1 ts salt
* 1/4 ts coarsely ground pepper

Directions To Prepare French Pasta Salad
In this sophisticated salad, the rich flavors of toasted hazelnuts and goat Cheese contrast nicely with the tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette. <BR>
Feel free to substitute feta, Roquefort or freshly grated Parmesan for goat Cheese, and asparagus pieces for the green beans. <BR>
Preheat oven to 325F. Spread hazelnuts in small baking pan and bake until toasted and fragrant, stirring once, about 15 minutes. <BR>
Cool slightly. Rub briskly in a kitchen towel to remove skins. Set aside. <BR>
Meanwhile, bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. <BR>
Add Pasta; stir to prevent sticking. Cook Pasta until just tender, about 8 minutes. <BR>
Drain; rinse under cold water and drain well. Set aside. <BR>
Bring large saucepan of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until just crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. <BR>
Drain, rinse under cold water and drain well. Set aside. <BR>
Make vinaigrette: In large shallow serving bowl, whisk together all ingredients. <BR>
Add Pasta, green beans, toasted hazelnuts and pimientos and toss to combine. <BR>
Sprinkle with parsley and capers if desired. Scatter Cheese around edge of salad. <BR>
Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

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