This pasta salad is one that I have been making for a long time. It's super easy and always a hit for a get-together, picnics, or the pot luck. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to let it cool completely before serving. This is a cold pasta salad, so don't rush it. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to post anything...work and menopause are killing me!! By the way...great book over here and extremely helpful for all you poor souls dealing with it. I know it's not a cook book, however I couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer you a solution. Without ovaries or hormones I am surprised I still like to cook! I hope you enjoy the pasta salad...I know you will. Double the recipe if you are sharing with others.
1 pkg. tri-color Rotini pasta
1 small can of black olives, sliced (make it easy when you can)
1 5oz. pkg. grated Parmesan cheese
1 pkg. of sliced Pepperoni, cut in half
1 bottle of Wishbone Italian salad dressing (use at least half of the bottle)
2-3 tomatoes, diced (I like the ones sold on the vine)
Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain the pasta and I always put a little Italian dressing into the pasta and mix it up before I cover and place in the refrigerator to chill. I grab another bowl and chop up all my ingredients. Add in grated cheese and olives as well. Mix it all up with a little more dressing. When pasta has chilled completely your ready to mix it all together. Stir in more dressing as you mix. You can make it as wet or dry as you like, it's all up to you. I have also experimented with a little red onion as well. I liked it, but my husband and daughter didn't. This is a great recipe because you can play around with it and add in whatever you like. I personally like it just like this..easy and tasty. Enjoy your Easy Pasta Salad!