Pizza Pasta Salad


This easy Pizza Pasta Salad is full of different pizza toppings.  It is the perfect salad for after a busy day at school or work.  It also a great side dish for those end of the summer parties.

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Most days I let my husband come up with our dinner menu…he also usually makes dinner too.  He definitely completes me!  Dinner is all him, and dessert is definitely all me.  He is more of a salty snack kind of a guy.  Not good for me because he doesn’t eat very much of the sugar that comes from a busy day of baking.  He also has a steel will when it comes to snacking.  I must admit that I am kind of jealous of that will power.  The sugar goodness just has to smile and wink at me, and I am all over it.  

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This week I decided to surprise my kids and husband and make some pizza pasta salad for dinner.  They were definitely surprised.  Here is the best part about this dinner…I made it the night before. Gotta love getting home from school and practices and having dinner completely done.

Two of our kids are in sports and have practice right after school.  So if we don’t talk about what we are having for dinner that week, it is going to be fast food or pizza take out every night.  I have to admit the kids did have McDonald’s last week after practice because I just didn’t plan ahead very well.  Hey, we had free monopoly tickets that needed used up.

Back to the pasta salad.  This is actually really easy, and it is totally customizable.  I put everything that my kids like on pizza in with the pasta.  Now only one person in our family actually likes black olives, but I really liked the little bit of extra color it added to the salad.  There wasn’t any complaining about it either, so I think they were ok with it.  But it is a good thing I didn’t add mushrooms…that would have been the end of the world.

I used a bottle of Kraft Balsamic Parmesan Asiago dressing, but you could use any Italian salad dressing.  Go with what you like or what you have in your refrigerator.

 

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Pizza Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Pizza Pasta Salad

An easy summer pasta salad that uses all the flavors of a pizza.

Ingredients

1 lb. pasta (16 oz.)
2 cups cherry tomato halves
8 ounces string cheese, chopped
5 ounces pepperoni minis
1 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup diced black olives
1 cup salad dressing (I used Kraft Balsamic Parmesan Asiago)
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil the noodles and cool according to the package directions.
  2. Place everything in a large bowl and stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

You can also add a can of artichoke hearts that have been chopped if you like.

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