Hot Pasta Picnic Salad

Heather England


I usually double this recipe. I use half for dinner, pop the rest in the fridge in an airtight container for a picnic later in the week.

I really love a meal I can change with my seasonal tastes. In the summer I "do it up right" with fresh ingredients from my local farmers market but the weather here in Michigan leaves me no choice but to use cans deep in the winter months.

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2 meals
15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


1 box
bow tie pasta, any brand will do
2 can(s)
del monte zucchini
2 can(s)
-14.5 oz- diced italian style tomatoes-any brand
1 pkg
hillshire farms polish kielbasa
2 jar(s)
* optional sliced button mushrooms -drained (whole is also an option)
1 can(s)
**optional sliced black olives -drained
***optional minced garlic
****optional italian seasoning
***** optional paprika, sweet mild

How to Make Hot Pasta Picnic Salad


  • 1Boil pasta as package directs for Al Dente

    While pasta is boiling slice kielbasa into medallions---OR if you have to use smaller noodles when Farfalle (bow tie) pasta isn't available dice precooked sausage of choice.
    Drain pasta and set to the side.
  • 2In the same pot you've just boiled noodles in : toss in kielbasa chunks and warm through. Its great if some get just a bit of color on them. If you don't have that much time, its perfect any way you can warm it.

    Open all cans and stir into meat-liquids and all!

    Add pasta and stir gently so the soft noodles don't break.
  • 3**Optional---Every now and again to make this a "winter" instead of summer dish, I add a 1/2 tsp. of minced garlic with my sausage while it warms, and if I have the time,extra diced white onion.

    ***Add in your family's favorite seasonings. Because this dish is almost all canned or precooked, you should not need to add salt. I have also found garlic powder does not do well in this dish, but a pinch of Italian Seasoning and Paprika does wonders.
  • 4** This dish get better after a day in the ol' chill chest. The tomatoes sweeten and the juice flavors the pasta.
  • 5(*Note: I use all different kinds of precooked sausage. Even leftover brat's or summer sausage*)

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About Hot Pasta Picnic Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads, Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Dairy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy