Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Three Pepper Pasta Salad

Where has the summer gone? It seems to have flown by, and I know that fall is approaching as we were below 40 degree's last night! I am looking forward to our first frost. It has been near all I can handle to keep up with the vegetable garden, the flower garden, working... Where is my time to cook, bake and have fun in the kitchen??

With how busy things have been, I have been getting by on quick and easy recipes. I LOVE pasta salads. As much as I hate to admit it, I do like the Suddenly Salads that come in the box. The seasoning blend they use is just a favorite of mine. My Three Pepper Pasta Salad uses a mix, but you can add your own fresh peppers. Since, I use Penne Pasta for this salad, I cut my ingredients to match. Kind of like a thick julienne cut.  My mom just laughs at this salad (and other dishes I make) since I like to keep my ingredients in similar shapes.  I don't deny having my "issues", I can't be the only one that likes their food shapes to match.... Can I??? Tell me yours!

Three Pepper Pasta Salad

13 oz. box Penne Pasta
1 - 1 oz. package Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. olive oil
1 medium size green bell pepper
1 medium size red bell pepper
1 medium size yellow bell pepper
1 medium red onion
6 oz. cheddar cheese.


Cook pasta according to directions on box. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix dressing mix together with water and oil. Combine well, and set aside.

Cut peppers, onion and cheddar cheese into thick julienne strips. 
Rinse pasta in cold water.  Add dressing and toss together until thoroughly combined.  Add vegetables and cheese. Toss lightly. Add additional olive oil, if needed.

Let chill for 4 hours.  Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Your pasta salad looks yummy, and colorful, especially with your fresh veggies. I love pasta salad, because yo can adjust the recipe to what is in your fridge.

  2. Yummy, I love pasta salad with fresh vegetables.....there is no taste like it :-)

  3. Yum!
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