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Easy Peasy Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe has been a staple in my house for years…it’s a great summertime, BBQ, feed a bunch of people kind of recipe.  What I love most about this  salad is its versatility; you can pretty much make this recipe however you like.  I also love the colors in the salad, with the Rainbow Rotini and fresh vegetables…it reminds me of summer and good times with family and friends.  Oh, and did I mention it’s ridiculously easy to make (hence the title)?

 

 

Easy Peasy Pasta Salad

 

Easy Peasy Pasta Salad
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1107 calories
123 g
100 g
40 g
63 g
19 g
642 g
2497 g
17 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
642g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1107
Calories from Fat 353
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
61%
Saturated Fat 19g
93%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 100mg
33%
Sodium 2497mg
104%
Total Carbohydrates 123g
41%
Dietary Fiber 10g
40%
Sugars 17g
Protein 63g
Vitamin A
97%
Vitamin C
831%
Calcium
98%
Iron
28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Packages of Rainbow Rotini pasta, cooked al dente according to package directions
  2. 1 Package of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  3. 1 Red bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 Yellow bell pepper, chopped
  5. 1/2 Medium red onion, diced or finely chopped
  6. 5-6 Slices of bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled (you can also use bacon bits if you don't have time to cook bacon, but I prefer the real deal)
  7. 1 Can sliced black olives
  8. 1 Bottle of Newman's Own Italian Dressing
  9. 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar (approximately-I just eyeball it)
  10. 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  11. 1 Teaspoon seasoned salt
  12. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  13. 1/2 Cup (about a handful) of parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. There really aren't a lot of instructions for this recipe; just throw everything into a bowl and mix it up! I like to chill the pasta salad in the fridge for a few hours in order to serve cold, but it's also good served room temperature or even warmed. I sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the pasta salad right before serving.
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calories
1107
fat
40g
protein
63g
carbs
123g
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Ericka @Chef PickyKid and Me

I love to cook and entertain for family and friends, and I especially love being in the kitchen with my daughter who loves to cook as well. I enjoy making recipes that are easy to prepare and use ingredients most people have in their kitchen. Visit me at www.chefpickykid.com!

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