Simple Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Simple Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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When it comes to pleasing a crowd at a potluck, my change-of-pace pasta salad does the trick. The colorful medley combines pasta, veggies, cheeses and pepperoni for a refreshing and filling side dish that everyone is sure to love.
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced pepperoni, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.
Drain artichoke hearts and tomatoes, reserving liquids. Chop artichokes and tomatoes; set aside.
Drain pasta. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, cheeses, pepperoni, basil, oregano, onion mixture, artichokes and tomatoes. In a small bowl, combine the reserved liquids. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Simple Italian Pasta Salad in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p89

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 305 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein.

  • 1 package (16 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced pepperoni, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.
  2. Drain artichoke hearts and tomatoes, reserving liquids. Chop artichokes and tomatoes; set aside.
  3. Drain pasta. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, cheeses, pepperoni, basil, oregano, onion mixture, artichokes and tomatoes. In a small bowl, combine the reserved liquids. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Simple Italian Pasta Salad in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p89

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MOTCook User ID: 7688063 195484
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"This was a big hit at a church potluck! I didn't use the feta cheese and I used the mini pepperoni slices."

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