Viva Italia Pasta Salad

Michelle Koletar/Mertz

By
@Mertzie

I LOVE, love, love making up pasta salads. This one is very hearty with the meats & mix of veggies. If you prefer grape tomatoes, omit the red peppers. I also have added some chopped sundried tomatoes to this recipe w/ rave reviews.


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Serves:

6

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Ingredients

16 oz. box
preferred pasta (i like the trio italian)
6.5 oz jar(s)
marinated artichokes, very well drained & cut in chunks d
6 oz
can large black olives, drained well
20 slice
good quality pepperoni, cut in half
20 slice
genoa salami, cut in half, or about 1/3 lb cut in chunks
8 oz
jar, roasted red peppers, cut in chunks
2
green peppers, cut in chunks
1
onion
1/3 c
parmesan cheese, grated
8 oz
sharp white cheddar, cut in chunks
16 oz
bottle italian dressing (kraft viva italian is my fav)
italian spices, basil, salt, pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook pasta to firm (according to box directions). I cook in a whole peeled onion for flavor, Kosher salt, & some of the Italian dressing instead of plain olive oil.
2
Make sure your roasted red peppers, artichokes, and sundried tomatoes if using, are well drained. (I drain them, then squeeze thru paper towels.)
3
Drain pasta & add about 1/2 cup of Italian dressing. Stir well & refrigerate to cool for about 30 mins.
4
Meanwhile, cut up all veggies & add some Italian dressing to them & stir. (I throw everything in a big stockpot for ample room to stir & add.)
5
Add pasta & then season w/ ground black pepper, parmesan, basil & Italian seasonings. Stir & add more dressing.
6
Refrigerate for about 2 hours, then stir again, & add sharp cheese chunks. Add more dressing, if needed. I normally make this the night before if it's for earlier in the day next day or early morning if I am using it that night. Get pasta out of fridge about 30 mins before using to stir & taste. I sprinkle parm on the top of the bowl too, & have added fresh basil leaves around the edges as a nice garnish. Add more dressing if needed. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids