Thursday, June 18, 2015

Italian Pasta Salad

 Hey all!

With summertime here and BBQs happening all the time, I thought I would share another of my go to sides. Each time I make this, I have no complaints and I rarely go home with left overs. (although if I do, my family has no problems eating what's left).


*Suddenly Salad - Classic flavor
*Italian salad dressing
*cheddar cheese (block style so it can be cubed)

*pepperoni (not pictured)
*black olives (not pictured)
*Any other ingredients you choose to add. I know some people will add tomatoes, peppers, and/or onions, etc.

*Cook the pasta as directed
*cut up cheese, pepperoni, olives,etc into bite size pieces

*Add about 1/4 of the bottle of Italian dressing, MIX (you can always add more later on to taste)
*Gradually add in the seasoning packet from the Suddenly Salad. If you add it all at once, the flavor tends to be very strong, so just add a little at a time, until you reach your liking.

**Note:  I will typically buy 2 boxes of the Suddenly salad, cook both boxes of pasta, but only use one packet of seasoning. 
Then next time I need to make it, I can use whatever pasta I have in the house, and I still have a packet of the seasoning around, instead of having to buy the "Suddenly Salad" again. So I buy 2 boxes, but use parts of it for 2 occasions.

Serves about 15-25 people. When I have a get together of only about 10 people,  I will make just one box of pasta and use about 1/2 the packet of seasoning.