Pizza Pasta Salad

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.

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2 thoughts on “Pizza Pasta Salad

  1. 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!

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