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Patriotic Pasta

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


12-14 servings

Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
A popular side dish for our Independence Day menu, this hearty pasta salad is practically a meal in itself. It fit into our theme with the bright red cherry tomatoes, white noodles and cauliflower plus blue cheese. The creamy dressing is pleasantly zesty. -Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients; set aside. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic and basil in oil until garlic is tender. Pour over pasta. Add the cauliflower, tomatoes, green onions, red pepper, cheese and dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 143 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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