Family Reunion Size Spaghetti Salad

Rose Mary Mogan Recipe

By Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois

a hungry crowd
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I made this recipe one year for our Family Reunion. I added ingredients that I loved, and everyone else loved it too. You can also add cooked shrimp to this salad if you like. The recipe is just what it implies FAMILY REUNION SIZE. It is for a large crowd. This was one of about 27 items that I had on the menu that year. The family loved this recipe, some had never eaten cold spaghetti in a salad before, but really did like my version. It is very similiar to many versions with a few different changes, some recipes use less ingredients & others use more, it is all in what you like.


2 lb
spaghetti, cooked aldente(about 7 or 8 minutes)
1 large
jar mccormick salad supreme
16 oz. bottles robust or zesty italian dressing
8 oz
pkg. pepperoni, thin sliced save some for garnish)
2 c
grated parmesan cheese
1 small
can black olives, sliced (more if desired)
4 stick
celery, (chopped fine)
6-8 medium
fresh tomatoes, chopped or( 4-16 oz. cans diced & drained)
2 large
green bell peppers chopped( save some for garnish)
2 large
red bell peppers chopped (save some for garnish)
1 bunch
green onions, chopped fine (optional)
1 lb
shredded or cubed provolone or mozzarella
long roasting pan
garnish of pepperoni, & red & green peppers if desired

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water, for approximately 7 to 8 minutes, or just until al dente. Remove from heat & drain into large colander, & rinse in cold water till cool.
Empty into VERY LARGE bowl. Then add remaining ingredients, one or two items at a time and stir to mix as you go, till all of the remaining ingredients have been added. Toss with the Italian Dressing, and pour into a large pan, or several pans or containers. It is best to prepare salad a day in advance so that the flavors has a chance to marry.Store in fridge till ready to serve.
If fresh tomatoes are too expensive use 2 large or 4 of the 15 1/5 oz size, but WELL DRAINED. May also cut recipe in half if desired, and you have big pasta lovers in your crowd.

NOTE: It is very important NOT TO LET SPAGHETTI sit in HOT WATER, as it continues to cook , and will get too soggy. Drain immediately after removing from heat.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads, Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #flavorful, #tasty, #robust

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Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois
Feb 28, 2015
Toni this is an excellent recipe for reunions and large gatherings. It is always a big hit at our parties and Family Get Togethers. I hope they enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for letting me know.
Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois
Feb 28, 2015
Thanks Leanne D for sharing this recipe with your group. I certainly do appreciate it.
Toni T Toni6921
Feb 27, 2015
My family is planning on getting together this Summer, Rose Mary, and I will keep this recipe in my hip pocket. It will taste great with barbecue chicken.
Feb 27, 2015 - Leanne D. shared this recipe with discussion group: THE KITCHEN KATERERS.
Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois
Jun 9, 2012
Yes we do all tend to make many things very similiar. This is one recipe that my family really loves. I shared it with my family during a reunion, and they just loved it. You can always elenminate what you don't like and add items that you do. You can even switch the pasta, by using rotini, shells, bowties, or what ever suits your fancy. You just learn to be creative and add items that you enjoy. Thanks for your comments.