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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
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Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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This zesty recipe combines vegetables and pasta in a creamy dressing. Refreshing and filling, this change-of-pace salad is perfect as a side dish. It's always popular at a potluck.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup cubed provolone cheese
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • Leaf lettuce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 442 calories, 39 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 920 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add the tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions and salad dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight; drain.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese; stir in the provolone cheese and olives. Gently fold into the pasta mixture. Serve in a lettuce-lined bowl if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Pasta Salad in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 442 calories, 39 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 920 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Reviews for Italian Pasta Salad(11)

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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

I omitted the mushrooms and onions (personal choice) and added more pasta. Used Olive Garden Dressing. We really liked it and will make again. :-)

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

Excellent..will definitely make again!

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Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

This is an excellent pasta salad. I didn't have any provolone cheese on had so I used mozarella . I don't know how using provolone could have made it any better!

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

This is dawnrosanne again...I forgot to add that I could not find a block of provolone cheese in the store, so I used mozarella cheese, and instead of 1/3 cup, I think I put in 1 cup of cubed mozarella.

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

Wonderful! Took this to a party and everyone loved it. I added mini-pepperonis to it. I also followed others' suggestions and instead of just 1 cup of pasta, used two. Great zippy flavor. Important to get "Zesty Italian dressing" (not regular Italian). YUM!!

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