Pasta Party

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Whenever I go to a barbecue or a picnic I bring my specialty side dish – pasta salad.  I absolutely love pasta salad – it’s refreshing, nutritious, and simply delicious.  As we’re in the midst of barbecue season, I thought I would share this recipe with you so you’ll be prepared for the next one!


  • 1 pound of the pasta of your choice – I use either spirals or penne
  • 6 tablespoons salad seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cups baby carrots, sliced
  • 1 broccoli floret, chopped


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. Whisk together the salad spice mix and Italian dressing.
  3. In a salad bowl, combine the pasta and vegetables. Pour dressing over salad; toss and refrigerate overnight.

Here’s an additional tip: Make extra! It’s so yummy you’re going to want to save some all for yourself!

What’s your specialty side dish?