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.
Aunt Mary’s Pasta Salad Recipe
The cold pasta and fresh homegrown 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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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.
Cook pasta as directed on the box and rinse in cold water until cool.
Add salad dressing and onion and let sit in the refrigerator over night.
Prepare the veggies as listed in ingredients above.
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.
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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.
Purchase the stainless steel pot at the link provided. This recipe is a no fail as long as you add fresh ingredients.
Fresh ingredients is best in any recipe
Diced olives to this recipe – be sure to drain.
Stainless Steel 4-Piece Pasta Cooker Steamer Multipots with Encapsulated Bottom, 8-Quart
Seasoning that makes the recipe!
Water boiling before adding the pasta noodles.
pasta noodles being added to boiling water.
the sweet yellow onions are amazing in this recipe
dice onions and sweet bell peppers.
Wash, peel and dice fresh cucumbers.
Gently stir the pasta as it cooks.
noodles appear limp when cooked!
Separate cooked pasta from boiling water to cool.
Fettuccine / Gluten free made with corn and rice as a hit this time around.
pour in salad dressing to the pasta
mix well but don’t beat the pasta!
sprinkle in drained dice olives to the onion, dressing and noodle bowl.
carefully mix up the dressing, peppers, onion, olives and pasta
Salad Supreme Season is a MUST in this recipe!
The Pasta is Cooked
Pasta can be difficult to identify if cooked so it is important to taste it!
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 recommended to judge if pasta is cooked.
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