To get the cooked measures of pasta listed, start with 2 lb. 4 oz. uncooked pasta (or 6 oz. uncooked pasta for trial recipe). Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain, then rinse and drain again. Cool completely before using in salad.
Dressing and pepper puree can be mixed together ahead of time. Cover and store in refrigerator up to 48 hours before mixing with remaining ingredients as directed.