Foodie Friday – Kathy’s Pasta Salad

by Kathy

It is not uncommon for me to make this recipe when I have to take a dish to an event or fix a meal for someone. A year ago, I prepared this recipe for a friend of mine who had just become a first time mom.  A couple weeks ago, she asked me if I would come over and teach her how to make the dish, as she wanted to serve it at her son’s 1st birthday party. (Happy Birthday, Parker! We loved celebrating with you, sweet boy!!)  I was delighted to do this!  I couldn’t believe that the dish had made such a lasting impression.  It is one that you will make over and over again because it is simple and tasty!

 

 

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Kathy’s Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (12 oz) tri-color rotini pasta (cooked as recommended on box, drained)
  • 1 package of tortellini, cheese filled (cooked as recommended on pkg., drained)
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch of green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 of a 10 oz. package of shredded carrots
  • (any other veggies that you like – example:  cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash)
  • fresh basil and thyme herbs, crushed, chopped or snipped (any way you like)
  • fresh feta (add the amount that is to your taste – I prefer a lot!)
  • 1 package of Good Season’s Zesty Italian Salad Dressing mix (prepare as directed on package)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook and drain the rotini and tortellini as directed on the packages.  Place pastas in a large bowl.  Let cool for a few minutes.  Mix the remaining ingredients (except for the feta) and add to the pasta.  Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the pasta.  Mix well.  Store pasta dish in refrigerator.  Just before serving, pour the remaining dressing into the salad, add the feta, and mix well.  Serves 6.

Note: When I make this dish, I usually double it, one to give away and one to eat ourselves.  I served this last Sunday to our whole family with grilled chicken and a crunchy loaf of warm bread.  The meal was prepared in advance and gave me time to just enjoy visiting with my family.  Having time to sit and connect with our kids is very important since we don’t get to see them everyday.  Our two oldest boys are grown men and starting families of their own.  Our oldest son got married last year.  Our other son is getting married in just a few months.  Sitting around the table with our daughter (who attends college several hours away), 2 sons and daughter-in-laws are a highlight of my week! I love fixing meals that they love and can’t wait to get home to eat.

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