Thursday, March 12, 2009

my confetti pasta salad


for the baby shower, i was asked to make my confetti pasta salad. as usual, it was a huge hit. so, i thought i'd share the recipe here.

my confetti pasta salad

1 lb pasta whatever shape suits your fancy i use rotini most frequently esp tricolor(garden)
zesty italian dressing either a bottle of store bought or homemade but must be zesty not regular italian
extra packet of zesty italian dressing with no liquids added
1-16 oz cubed cheddar cheese preferrably sharp
2 cans sliced black olives
1 green pepper diced
1 red pepper diced
1 yellow pepper diced
2-3 broccoli florets cute into bite sized pieces
1 package grape or cherry tomatoes halvedor quartered depending on their size
1 cucumber with peel left on for color sliced then quartered

other add-ins
1 can of sweet corn
1can of black beans drained and rinsed
peperoni slices halved or quartered(obviously, i never use this but one of my friends does.)
bacon bits
artichoke hearts quartered
feta cheese

cook pasta, drain, and cool. add all other ingredients and toss. i recommend allowing to set in the refridgerator overnight to allow the dressing to thoroughly flavor all the ingredients.
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