Spicy Pasta Salad With Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil

Spicy Pasta Salad With Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil

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  • Kosher salt

  • 12

    ounces mostaccioli or penne pasta

  • ½

    cup mayonnaise

  • ¼

    cup whole milk

  • ¼

    cup white vinegar, plus more if needed

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • teaspoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotles (or 1 minced chipotle)

  • 1

    10-ounce package grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • ½

    pound smoked gouda cheese, cut into small cubes

  • 24

    fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Drain and rinse under cold water until no longer hot; set aside. Make the dressing: Mix the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper to taste and the adobo sauce in a small bowl. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, dressing, tomatoes and gouda. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed, and even an extra teaspoon or 2 of vinegar, if necessary. Stir in the basil at the end. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.


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