Italian Pasta Salad

Italian is the name of the dressing... I've no idea if this qualifies as Italian FOOD, or Italian COOKING or none of the above.  Although I did get my special tip from a lady on PBS with a very Italian accent.

So there ya go.

This dish is a big hit with husbands and kids alike, and pretty healthy especially if you go for low-fat Italian dressing and low-fat pepperoni.

Italian Pasta Salad

2 green peppers, diced
2 carrots, chopped (did you know baby carrots are just cut up big carrots? ridiculous)
1 can black olives
4 sticks mozzarella cheese, cubed (or you could a block :) )
1 24 oz box rainbow rotini
12 ounces Italian dressing

Step #1: Boil noodles about 7-8 minutes until al dente.

Step #2: Save 1/2 cup water*

This is the special tip. Don't skip it.

Step #3: Drain

Step #4: Cut up all your vegetables.  Unless you bought them sliced in which case, you could save money by just cutting them yourself ;) You could also do this while the noodles are boiling, that would be much more efficient.

Step #5: Pour pasta in a large bowl.

Step #6: Pour peppers, carrots, olives and cheese in with pasta.

Step #7: Add Dressing and pasta water to bowl and stir to coat.

Step #8: Serve cold.

More Pastas:
15-min low-carb lasagna
Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

This recipe shared at Weekend Potluck #26
Totally Tasty Tuesdays 24


  1. Hi Caity! This looks delicious! Were you, by chance, watching Lidia Bastianich? I've watched her many times on PBS - love her! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Can't wait to try it!

    1. Good question :) I had no idea what I was watching, so if that's who you think it was then you're probably right! Thanks! :) It happened to be on while I was feeding the baby, so I watched and then of course got distracted...

  2. Love the pepporoni add looks super yum!

  3. This looks great! I love making pasta dishes with a variety of vegetables. (Great for the kids)!

    1. I agree - even if the kids pick out the noodles, we can just hope that some of the 'vegetabley-ness' rubs off on the noodles!

  4. This needs to be made very soon! Love it!

  5. When you say it in that accent, you know it'a gonnna be great :D

  6. It looks so colofrul and yummy!

  7. What a lovely summer salad!

  8. A great pasta salad:) Nice and colorful - my kids will eat anything with colorful pasta. Thanks for sharing!

  9. ooo this looks really good and colourful! :) yum yum


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