Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tasty Appetizer - Bow Tie Pasta Stacks

We had our nearly-annual block party recently. We did a potluck-style gathering and featured soups, appetizers and s'mores along with homemade hot cocoa (with a little peppermint schnapps for the adults).

In addition to a tasty vegetable-beef soup, my daughter and I made these adorable and tasty bow-tie pasta appetizers. I chopped the cheese and vegetables, and my daughter assembled the tiny pieces for a back breaking amount of time (these are her words and descriptions :)

I bought these adorable striped, bow-tie pasta on our recent day trip to Galena, IL.

Here is the recipe:

Bow Tie Pasta Stacks
1 package of bow tie pasta,prepared according to the package instructions
1 pound of good quality Mozzarella cheese, cut into approximately 1" X 1" by 1/4" slices)
1 red pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 can or jar of black olives (you will probably not need all of these)
Sweet, Italian dressing (or your favorite Italian-type dressing)

I cooked the pasta, rinsed it in cool water and let it marinate for a few hours in the dressing. I also let the cheese, peppers and olives marinate as well. Then my daughter back-breakingly assembled the ingredients and placed it into a glass pan. We poured the marinating liquid over the stacks and covered the pan in plastic wrap.

These made a beautiful presentation and went over well!

In the sprit of my 31 days of gratitude posts, I am grateful for wonderful neighbors and grateful for delicious food.

I'm participating in Nester's 31 day series. Click here to access the index of gratitude posts.


  1. SO SO cute! Love them! Would love to see you link this up over The Weekly Creative - 6 blogs, a ton of fun!

    1. Thanks, Melanie! I just linked up over at your blog. I'm excited to check out your blogs and the link party.



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