If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that we had a going away party for my daughter who is leaving for college in Chicago in a few weeks. We celebrated by having a small dinner for close family and friends and served all our favorite Chicago foods, think deep dish pizza, italian beef, Chicago hotdogs, pierogi’s, Old Style for the adults and what always ends up being the hit whenever I make it…italian pasta salad.
I had 4 people ask me for the recipe so I thought I would post it so they could easily find it when they wanted to try out. It seriously is the easiest recipe ever! Don’t be afraid to play with the recipe too like adding onions or green peppers, etc.
(Warning: This makes alot but really it taste way better around day 2 or 3 and is about the only thing I like as left overs!
Italian Pasta Salad
1 box of Rotini pasta (can be tri-colored but I just use the regular ol’ kind
2 − 8 oz block of pepper jack cheese cubed
2 − 8 oz block of parmesan cheese cubed
1 small package of both pepperoni and salami slices cut into quarters from the deli area that are already prepackaged. (I can always find them near the speciality cheeses)
1 of each – red, yellow and orange peppers, diced up. (They are usually packaged together)
1 can 10 3/4 oz of sliced black olives drained
1 carton of roma tomatoes diced
1 16 oz bottle of wish-bone robust italian dressing
Cook the pasta according to the directions and once it is done you’ll want to strain it and rinse with cold water.
Cube all the cheese, cut the salami in quarters, chop the peppers, dump the olives, dice the tomatoes and put them in a large bowl and add the pasta.
Pour about 3/4 of the bottle of dressing into the pasta salad. The pasta really soaks up the dressing that’s why I always keep about 1/4 of it and just before I serve it I will pour on the remaining dressing and mix it in super good! I usually make the pasta the night before I serve it, like I said it seems to taste better on day 2 or 3 but you could chill the pasta for about an hour and add the remaining dressing and serve!
I hope you will try out this recipe and tell me what you think!!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!