Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pizza Pasta Salad

I absolutely love this pasta salad recipe.  I found it in a Taste of Home magazine many years ago, and  have made it countless times since. 

First you will need to make a box of spiral pasta.  I had several boxes of Ronzoni Garden Delight Rotini from a recent sale.  You can use plain rotini if desired, the garden version just makes the pasta salad more colorful.
Drain the pasta.   Add 3 medium diced tomatoes, 16 oz of cubed cheddar and 3 ozs of sliced pepperoni.  You can also added  1-2 green onion bunches if desired.  I left them out.  If you are a follower of my recipes on the blog, you know that I dont aways follow directions exactly.  Today I used an 8 oz block of cheese. I personally feel that 16 ozs is a bit too much and I LOVE cheese.  I also did not add the entire  3 ozs of pepperoni.    Mix the ingredients throughout the pasta.  

The next step is to make the dressing.   You will need 3/4 c of canola oil,  (vegetable oils is also okay), 1/2 c of red wine vinegar, 2/3 c of parm cheese, 2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp of salt.  I did not have the full 2/3 c of parm cheese today, but did not realize that until I got to this step.  I just added what I had.    Mix well. 

Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture.   Chill several hours before serving.  I love how colorful it turned out with the Garden Delight.    Enjoy! I plan on serving ours at our church Labor Day picnic tomorrow. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you SO much for the pictures! I am such a visual person and for what ever reason I can remember the pictures but a written or typed recipe is painful for me! Great idea to make your own dressing also, I have never thought of that! Thank you again for sharing at Crafty Scrappy Happy!


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