Simple-Simple Pasta Salad

Saturday September 14, 2013 comments   

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

  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cherry tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • squash
  • basil
  • garlic powder
  • rosemary
  • parsley
  • 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.

simple pasta salad
simple pasta salad

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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The Weekend So Far

Saturday April 20, 2013 comments   

Friday I got tired of seeing those Mini Tortilla-Crust Pizzas on my Tumblr dash so I made them. I also made some Baked Mozzarella Sticks and Baked Zucchini Fries.

The mozzarella sticks didn’t turn out as pretty (my fault) but everything still tasted great! Even the melted mozzarella sticks. Feeling pretty smug about it… :)

Today I had a quick breakfast at La Madeleine’s and afterwards picked up the Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush. I bought that ambient powder a few weeks ago and still love it but my usual kabuki brush picks up way too much of the powder and I saw reviews saying this brush was really worth it if you use the powder. I have been using my Sephora 15% off for my recent purchases and it expires after this weekend so I wanted to get it while I could get the discount because it’s sorta frivolous feeling.

Received two free samples with my purchase. Neither of which I’ve ever tried before. The Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus eye cream and Josie Maran Argan Oil. Both of which I’ve heard great things. The argan oil I’m most cautious about though because my face and oil rarely play well together. Even if I just use it in my hair at the tips it could brush my face and maybe break me out. So I’m going to wait until after this upcoming wedding I have to go to is over before trying it out.

Lastly I received those organic cotton reusable facial pads I was tweeting about this weekend too.

Ordered these from an Etsy shop and started using them this morning. I think it would be nice to have something reusable as long as they work as well as disposable cotton. I just went through a lot of cotton every single day and yeah I feel guilty about that. These I can just wash with my normal laundry (in the small laundry bag they came with.) So here’s hoping they work as well! *fingers crossed*


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