Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad Recipe

Creative dishes filled with fresh veggies makes every event a hit! In today’s post I share the most requested recipe from my family and friends to bring to summer events.  My Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad Recipe has been a favorite of mine since I enjoyed it as a kid.  During the summer months this pasta is the best with vegetables grown in my Ohio home garden.

Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad Recipe

Aunt Mary's Pasta Salad

The cold pasta and fresh home grown veggies help get the party started. The recipe is super easy to prepare.  Be sure to note that this is a large passing dish that can be made for around $5 especially when you use produce from the garden like I do.

Aunt Mary's Pasta Salad
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Yield: 10-12


  • 16 oz package of thin spaghetti noodles (prepared as directed on box).
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 2 large (4 oz) vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 12 oz of Italian salad dressing
  • 4 tablespoons of Salad Supreme herbs
  • Optional - 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese.


  1. Cook pasta as directed on the box and rinse in cold water until cool.
  2. Add salad dressing and onion and let sit in the refrigerator over night.
  3. Prepare the veggies as listed in ingredients above.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.


If you are taking this as a dish to an event you can leave vegetables diced on top of noodle mix - mix in when you arrive at your event to prevent the cucumbers and tomatoes from getting soggy.

In My Home Kitchen

This recipe is so easy to make and like most Italian recipes I like to throw in what I have on hand.  In the recipe in this post I use a few extra items that I’ve shared in the image collection below from my home kitchen.

Stainless steel pot  4-Piece Pasta Cooker Steamer Multipots with Encapsulated Bottom, 8-Quart

Purchase the stainless steel pot at the link provided.  This recipe is a no fail as long as you add fresh ingredients.

How To Tell If Pasta is Cooked

noodles appear limp when cooked!

It can be difficult to identify when pasta is completely cooked.

I have a sister in law who will throw a noodle on the wall as a test. IF it sticks  – it is done.

This method is not recommend to judge if pasta is cooked.  The best way to test pasta to see if it is cooked is to let a piece cool and taste it.

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