One of the things I like best about cooking is that you don’t have to follow the recipe exactly, in fact I consider a recipe as a starting point only. The first time I make a dish, I usually try to follow the recipe fairly closely and then the second time I make it, I make it my way which is the way that I know my family will like. You can see by this recipe what I mean. Not sure where this recipe originally came from.
3 cups penne pasta, cooked, drained and cooled (I used rotini because it was what I had!)
4 tomatoes, chopped (I used grape tomatoes, about a pint, because I prefer the taste)
12 slices hard salami, chopped
1 cup Mozzarella cheese crumbles (I can hardly ever find these and when I do find them, they aren’t cheap so I just use shredded Mozzarella)
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil (I just go with dried, about a teaspoon, because it’s easier and I’m all about easy)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup roasted red pepper Italian with Parmesan dressing (didn’t have this so just used Zesty Italian)
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
I am always looking for a new pasta salad to bring to our block party in the summer, I’m so doing this!!! Sounds yummy!
I make a lot of pasta salads during the summer Tammy so stay tuned for a lot more pasta salad recipes.