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Easy & Fresh Italian Pasta Salad

Easy & Fresh Italian Pasta Salad
My aunt Arelene makes an amazing Italian spaghetti pasta salad recipe. It’s pure, simple, easy and pleases even the most pickiest eaters and family food critics. One thing that I love about this pasta salad is that it is so easy to customize with your favorite ingredients and it still comes out delicious!!

With this Italian pasta salad recipe I’ve thrown in turky ham, different cheeses, cold peas, cucumber, jalenpenos…EVERYTHING! It’s almost impossible to ruin this recipe, not unless you just add in a bunch of weird stuff.

Now normally I don’t eat angel hair pasta…I don’t know..there is just something about the texture that  makes my skin crawl. But when it’s served cold and firm, I love it which is why I always use it for my cold spaghetti pasta salads.

You can eat this pasta salad once it’s had a chance to get cold but it is truly at it’s best the next day when the ingredients have had a chance to lounge in all of that yummy Italian dressing goodness.



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Easy & Fresh Italian Pasta Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb of angel hair pasta
  • ½ green pepper (can use more)
  • ½ red pepper (can use more)
  • 1 cup broccoli & cauliflower, diced into tiny pieces
  • 1-2 green onions
  • ½ medium tomato (can use more)
  • 1 (16 oz) bottle of Zesty Italian dressing or more if you like it ZEEEESTAAAAY!!! (but I wouldn't add more until you taste it the next day since the flavors will intensify overnight)
  • ¼ cup of black olives, diced
  • Chopped pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni), can also used chopped ham.
  • *Optional ingredients: I like to kick this recipe up sometimes by adding in minced garlic, mild cheddar, cold peas or cucumbers. Experiement with it and make it your own!
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cook the angel hair pasta until al dente. This only take a few minutes so watch it carefully. The last thing you want is overcooked noodles.
  3. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water.
  4. Chop up the green pepper, red pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, green onion, olives, & pepperoni into tiny minced pieces. You want the pieces to be really tiny.
  5. Pour the bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing over the cold noodles and toss to coat.
  6. Add in the chopped ingredients and toss to combine.
  7. Refrigerate until super cold.
  8. Serve. Be sure to toss before serving since the dressing and ingredients can settle on the bottom.
 

Directions
Step 1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Step 2.) Cook the angel hair pasta until al dente. This only take a few minutes so watch it carefully. The last thing you want is overcooked noodles.
Step 3.) Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water.
Step 4.) Chop up the green pepper, red pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, green onion, olives, & pepperroni into tiny minced pieces. You want the pieces to be really tiny.
Step 5.) Pour the bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing over the cold noodles and toss to coat.
Step 6.) Add in the chopped ingredients and toss to combine.
Step 7.) Refrigerate until super cold.
Step 8.) Serve. Be sure to toss before serving since the dressing and ingredients can settle on the bottom.

11 comments

  1. Made this recipe today for Memorial Day for the first time and it was a major HIT!! You are the best!! **Oh instead of using bacon, I broiled pepperoni slices until they were crisp then chopped them up into the dish. Same great pork flavor but faster than cooking bacon.**

  2. I made pasta salad for the first and last time 2 years ago (not your recipe), and have been tasked with making some for a family reunion in June 2013. I used the mini pepperoni’s. It saves having to chop the whole ones. Everyone liked them. Keep sharing your gift!

  3. All these recipes look amazing! Thank You!

  4. This is mouth watering. I love Italian style recipes..Like how they made their pasta. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  5. Catering Muenchen

    Some pasta is excellent. If you can find the shop where they do it even if it is well worth buying. You can even try to do it yourself. There are wonderful gadgets rolling sheets of pasta. But these machines usually ends up forgotten pasta in the bottom of the closet. They are not really necessary. You will rarely find in Italian cuisine. Homemade pasta can be done quite easily with a rolling pin and a knife.

  6. Hey if angel hair creeps you out have you tried small bowties? I've been using them for 'fake lasagna' and they hold up great with the sauce without being too starchy. Keep those recipes coming !!!

  7. This looks yummy! I want to say that I LOVE your site! You truly have a talent and I'd love to buy a cookbook in the future :) PS: was this beach scene in the video by chance at Jekyll Island? I went there this summer and it looks just like the beach there! haha

  8. I just say that thanx for the posting, keep it up.

  9. Yummy, wonderful recipe, thanx for the wonderdful post, keep it such kind of hard work.

  10. This one looks really yummy. I love Italian style recipes..Like how they made their pasta..I like it very much! Great video. Thanks for the share.

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