Who’s ready to start making salads of all kinds, fire up the bbq, and sit out on the deck in the warm spring sun? *Raises both hands and waves them frantically around like a maniac*
Great, well let’s get to it then!
I love pizza. I also love pasta. So combining the two seems like a pretty darn good idea, dontcha think? You do?? I’m so glad we think alike!
This is a Kraft recipe. I don’t make many of their recipes because I find that they rely a little too much on convenience products for my taste. A recipe that starts off with a box of Kraft Dinner? No thanks!
But as I was looking through a stack of old what’s cooking magazines the other day, my eyes alighted on this pizza pasta salad recipe.
It sounded really good. I had (mostly) all the ingredients. It was not overladen with convenience products. So I made it! How’s that for short and to the point?
The ingredients in this salad really make me long for summer. I can’t wait to have a big, bushy basil plant growing wildly on the back deck again. Luckily, I did have some that I’d tucked away in the freezer last summer that I was able to use. If you don’t have any fresh basil, just sprinkle in some dried, it’ll be just fine
And don’t be afraid to add other favorite pizza ingredients like bell pepper and red onion.
Here’s my slightly adapted version. I hope y’all give this a try and enjoy it! Until next time, happy cooking
Pizza Pasta Salad
- 3 cups medium shell pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
- 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced or chopped pepperoni
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup Italian dressing
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
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