This is something I’ve made for years especially during “there’s nothing in the house to eat” moments. It’s an impossibly simple pasta salad that my Mom used to make for a snack. And at its core it only requires 2 ingredients…
pasta + Italian dressing
simple-simple pasta salad
I use Wish-bone Fat Free Italian Dressing but any Italian seasoning dressing will work. Any pasta brand or shape is fine too. I use whatever I have on hand.
- Cook pasta as directed. Drain.
- Add roughly 2 Tbsp of Italian dressing for each serving of cooked pasta
- Mix & done!
Basically add as much dressing as you like.
I like the taste to be subtle but, hey, if you love it pour it on!
Next, I add whatever else I happen to have in the kitchen. Usually I at least have parsley flakes and grated cheese for topping. But sometimes I have fresh vegetables and other herbs as well.
Other items I often add
- cherry tomatoes
- garlic powder
- minced garlic
- grated cheese
The vegetables I sometimes steam for a few minutes on the stove top while the pasta cooks. I just chop, add to a pot, fill with some water, cover, and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. easy. You could use a microwave as well.
The pasta can be eaten hot or cold. I tend to like it at room temperature but often make enough to chill the rest and enjoy later like taking to work for a lunch.
A few weeks ago I made enough with a heaping side of broccoli for a weekend lunch. Yesterday I had it with yellow squash and some cherry tomatoes I threw in with the steaming squash right before serving so they’d be a bit tender. Turned out great and the squash adds a nice fall vegetables feeling.
So that’s it! I just thought it might be fun to sorta share this :)
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